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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12505


Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney) (15:19): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr HOCKEY: Yes.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr HOCKEY: Today in question time the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government made an accusation against me that, somehow, I sided with the management of Tristar and conspired to have the workers sacked. It is completely and utterly and absolutely untrue. The workers had not been paid properly and, as the workers themselves said, I actually ensured that they got their payments when the management at Tristar refused to do it. I was congratulated by the colleague who sits to his left, the now Leader of the House, for taking action to support the workers. I intervened when it had to be done, unlike the Labor Party on Qantas.