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Thursday, 19 March 1987
Page: 1138

Mr BRAITHWAITE —I claim to have been misrepresented in the answer that the Minister for Trade (Mr Dawkins) gave me in response to my question. He indicated, apart from some naming of character, that the amount paid in by the trade union movement was in excess of the value of the trip as far as the union movement was concerned. As part of my personal explanation as to where I have been misrepresented I will read a letter of 12 February 1987 from the Department of Trade to Mr Bill Kelty. The letter reads:

Following the completion of the acquittal process, the final cost of the TDC-ACTU study mission to Western Europe has been established as $75,117.75. You will recall that the agreement between the Minister for Trade and the ACTU was for the ACTU to pay 4/9ths of the cost. A cheque for the ACTU for $31,040 was lodged with the Department prior to the Mission's departure.

It now appears that there is a shortfall of $2,345.08 due to the difference between the forecast cost and the final cost. As this is a matter which has been a matter for Freedom of Information queries by the Opposition, I would appreciate it if you could forward a cheque to the Department as soon as possible.

I ask the Minister for Trade: Has that cheque been received?

Madam SPEAKER —I call the Minister for Trade.

Mr Cadman —Misleading the House again.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Mitchell will withdraw that comment.

Mr Cadman —I withdraw.