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Thursday, 16 May 2002
Page: 2374

Mr CREAN (Leader of the Opposition) (3:37 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the Leader of the Opposition claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr CREAN —I do.

The SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition may proceed.

Mr CREAN —I claim to have been misrepresented by the Minister for Employment Services. In an answer in question time today he indicated that whilst I was the Minister for Employment, Education and Training the numbers of the long-term unemployed increased under my stewardship. The facts are these: when I became employment minister, the number of long-term unemployed was 309,400. When I left that position the number of long-term unemployed had dropped to 198,000. When I became the minister they were 35.2 per cent of total unemployment. When I left office, they were 26.9 per cent. The figure for long-term unemployed is still at 26 per cent. In two years—

The SPEAKER —Order! The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.

Mr Adams —He lied to the House.

The SPEAKER —I warn the member for Lyons! The member for Batman.

Mr Martin Ferguson —Sit down; I've got the call. Learn some manners.

The SPEAKER —The member for Batman and the Leader of the House will resume their seats.