Hockey won't answer 400 WorkChoices questions, claims Labor

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Hockey won't answer 400 WorkChoices questions, claims Labor

Labor has accused Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, of hiding the facts on the effect of WorkChoices on Australian workers by not answering 400 parliamentary questions.

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Labor has accused Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, of hiding the facts on the effect of WorkChoices on Australian workers by not answering 400 parliamentary questions.

The ALP's IR spokeswoman, Julia Gillard, said Hockey has more than 400 answers from his Department to questions put on Notice at Senate Estimates in November 2006, sitting on his desk.

She said the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations confirmed in February 2007 that of the 800 questions asked, 400 answers have been provided, but are being held up in the Minister's office.

'Despite raising the delay in February Senate Estimates, the answers still have not been provided to the Committee,' Gillard said.

She said the answers to Questions put on Notice during the last round of Senate Estimates in February must be lodged with the Committee by March 30.

Gillard said it was through Senate Estimates that the Department provided details of the only analysis of Australian Workplace Agreements which showed that 100% of AWAs cut at least one 'protected award condition'.

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