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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 8109

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

(Question No. 2143)

Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 7 September 2012 :

With reference to the answer provided to question no. EW0015_13, taken on notice during the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee: was the submission approved as drafted by the department.

Senator Wong: The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

There is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to your question, as the Australian Government’s 2012 Annual Wage Review submission was a government submission.

Although the submission was jointly drafted by DEEWR and the Treasury in consultation with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, my office in consultation with the Office of the Treasurer and the Prime Minister’s office had the responsibility to ensure the submission fully reflected a whole of Government view.