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Thursday, 21 June 2001
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Ms KERNOT (2:13 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Employment Services. Minister, isn't it a fact that the way you have set up the Job Network creates an incentive for Job Network providers to `get their numbers up no matter what', including by establishing their own labour hire companies to employ their existing clients in phantom jobs? Minister, how many Job Network providers also have their own labour hire companies? And isn't it a fact, Minister, that your department was aware of all of the details of these phantom job schemes as early as 16 February, well before Senate estimates, when a senior official of your department gave verbal approval to such schemes?

Mr BROUGH (Minister for Employment Services) —As you are aware, there is an inquiry which I have instigated under way into the matters that have been raised.

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition.

Mr BROUGH —I must say it is good to see that you are showing some interest in the Job Network at last. Any matters to do with the Job Network are always investigated fully. That is currently under way and, if there are any matters to report back, I shall do so at the appropriate time.