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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1481

Mr DAWKINS —Madam Speaker, I seek your indulgence to add to an answer I gave last week.

Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr DAWKINS —Last week the honourable member for Dawson asked me certain questions about some details of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Trade Development Council Mission to Europe. In the course of his questions the honourable member had been rather free with his accusations against Mr Kelty and the ACTU, which Mr Kelty has very forcefully rejected. Now, of course, the honourable member is anxious to learn whether or not there is any substance to his claim-so anxious, in fact, that a member of his staff rang my office last night asking whether the information could be provided. My Department has now provided me with a report on the questions asked by the honourable member and I will table that report for his information. I will not go into any detail about the matters here except to say that the advice from the Department shows that, far from overclaiming, Mr Kelty is owed a refund by the Department and that, separately, the ACTU has overpaid its contribution to this highly successful mission and also will be receiving a refund.

Mr N.A. Brown —Madam Speaker, on a point of order, will you be good enough to consider asking the Minister to seek leave to make a statement so that we have the opportunity to reply? This is going beyond the normal indulgence.

Madam SPEAKER —The Minister is tabling his paper and I gather that he has finished.

Mr DAWKINS —No, Madam Speaker, I was just going to say that I hope that when the honourable member reads this--

Mr N.A. Brown —Well, it is not to his advantage to advance the--

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The Minister has indulgence to add to a question. He has added to the question and he is tabling a paper. I cannot see where the problem is.

Mr DAWKINS —I simply say that when the honourable member for Dawson reads this material I hope he will have the decency to apologise to Mr Kelty.