House debates

Monday, 3 June 2013

Questions without Notice

National Broadband Network

2:45 pm

Photo of Bill ShortenBill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation) Share this | Hansard source

I appreciate the member for Cowper promoting me to Minister for Communications. I will take some of that question on notice to find out the answers to the matters to do with NBN Co., which is not in my portfolio. But what I can say in answer to the question about asbestos and training is that I have represented the debate about asbestos, the victims of asbestos and people being exposed to asbestos while I was with the union. I have done this alongside many of the other representatives of the union movement throughout the history of dealing with asbestos.

I have certainly also represented issues about people being exposed to asbestos while I have been in the parliament. I have also represented them upon becoming minister for workplace relations and in making sure that we get the recommendations to the asbestos management review and also upon implementing the recommendations. I also believe I was representing them when I was there on Saturday with the member for Lindsay, Mr Bradbury, the Assistant Treasurer. I believe that I was representing people today, along with the member for Ballarat, the member for Lindsay and the communications minister, by making sure that—


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