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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21493


Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Health and Ageing) (3:30 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.


The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.


Mr ABBOTT —In question time today the member for Lalor put it to me that the federal government had spent some $650 million in advertising since 1996 and suggested that there was something terrible about this. I can inform the member for Lalor that in just two years the Labor state governments have spent $730 million in advertising.