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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4820

Senator HARRIS (11:31 AM) —I find it absolutely astounding that in the minister's opening contribution to this piece of legislation he neither denied the existence of the influence of the IMF on government policy nor agreed that it existed. We can only suppose, in the absence of any response whatsoever from the minister, that the reports in newspapers like the Financial Review, other articles, and reports directly from the IMF itself, are in actuality correct. Do we have this piece of legislation being put forward by the government in a genuine way to resolve some of the complex issues relating to industrial relations or are we seeing an absolutely blatant intent by the government to further implement another IMF policy? In the absence of any response from the minister, we have no option other than to accept that that is exactly what is happening. The government is implementing IMF policy.