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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Page: 7448


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (15:02): I also would like to correct a statement that I made in answer to a question yesterday. I advise the Senate that yesterday I did quote a figure relating to jobs growth arising from the free trade agreements. In citing this figure, I was quoting a secondary source which had incorrectly added annual job creation figures to reach an overall cumulative figure. I have since been advised that the methodology was inaccurate. However, of course, I can comfortably advise the Senate that these free trade agreements will still create many thousands of jobs that would otherwise not exist if the opposition's approach had been adopted.