Andrews hears no evil on IR changes

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Andrews hears no evil on IR changes

8/05 No Australians have expressed concerns about the new IR changes to Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews, or any of his colleagues, Andrews has told a TV current affairs interviewer.

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8/05

No Australians have expressed concerns about the new IR changes to Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews, or any of his colleagues, Andrews has told a TV current affairs interviewer.

Asked by a journalist on A Current Affair: ‘Minister have you had Australians approach you in the last week or so saying “look we are quite worried about these changes” ’ Andrews replied: ‘No I haven’t actually.

‘In terms of emails or phone calls to my electorate office, I just haven’t had that from my constituents and that’s the reality.  

‘Speaking to my colleagues around the country it’s been a similar response. They’re saying no, people wanted to get the detail and they are satisfied that they’ve got the detail.’ 

Advertising

Andrews was asked if he would you like to ‘thank the Australian taxpayers for funding the multi-million dollar advertising campaign which seems to be more about spin than substance’. 

‘Government’s of all political persuasions advertise,’ he replied. ‘If you go around the states no doubt there’s some political type of campaigns which are being run at the present time by state government’s. They do it in election campaigns.  

‘What we’re doing though in this instance is responding to a desire by Australian people to actually want information about the changes and that’s what we’re providing.' 

Asked again how many taxpayers dollars had been spent on the ‘advertising blitz’, Andrews said: ‘I don’t have the final figure, I’m not responsible for the actual figure.’ 

‘But you’re the man in charge,’ the journalist persisted. ‘Don’t people out there have a right to know how many of their dollars are being spent on this campaign? Is it more than 30 million?

‘I’m, I’m responsible for the policy,’ Andrews said. ‘I’m responsible for the legislation. I’m responsible for workplace relations. The broader issue of Government information is not part of my responsibility.'

Journalist (later): Is it more than $60 million? 

Andrews: Look, it’s not the hundred million that people have been talking about but I don’t know the final figure.

Journalist (later): Seventy, eighty, ninety million dollars is a lot of money to be spending on an advertising blitz like this. Do you agree? 

Andrews: It’s a considerable amount of money but this is major change. It’s a major change for Australia and we want people to understand what the changes are and it’s only responsible and appropriate when we are making a major change for people.

The full interview can be read here.

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