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Thursday, 21 June 2001
Page: 28350


Mr FITZGIBBON (5:02 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make two personal explanations.


Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr FITZGIBBON —Yes.


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr FITZGIBBON —In response to a question, I told a small business breakfast in the electorate of Petrie on 29 May that the Australian newspaper had printed a retraction after suggesting that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition had left the door open to an increase in employee superannuation contributions. I therefore made it clear that Labor had never discussed raising the contribution above nine per cent, and on that basis, during question time today, the Treasurer misrepresented me.

At the same breakfast, I said that, with respect to unfair dismissals laws, procedural problems should be reviewed. I did not say that the laws should be reviewed, and I told those gathered that I would not support amendments which completely denied employees protection. During question time the Treasurer suggested that I had said that the laws should be reviewed, and that is not true.