Feb 6, 2007

Speech – Personal Explanations

Personal Explanations

6 February 2007

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (3.52 pm)—Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr ALBANESE—Yes.

The SPEAKER—Please proceed.

Mr ALBANESE—In response to a question this afternoon concerning Tristar workers, the Prime Minister said that the workers of Tristar had received no representation from me as the local member or from others on this side of the House.

On 10 August I asked the Prime Minister a question which included whether he would use his office to ensure that redundancy payouts would be received by these great hardworking Australians. I received a dismissal.

The Prime Minister was again asked in November.

I met with the workers here on 2 November when they travelled to Canberra. They wrote to the Prime Minister and asked for a meeting. I met them with the then Leader of the Opposition and the then shadow minister for workplace relations.

Since then I have been to Tristar at least 10 times—well before the government discovered that this was an issue in January—and, again today, the workers of Tristar were here. I, with the Leader of the Opposition and the shadow minister for industrial relations, who came and visited the site last Thursday, met with those workers again today. I can assure the Prime Minister that we will continue to fight for their rights.