Release type: Media Release


Response to claims by Brendan O’Connor


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

The Shadow Employment Minister, Brendan O’Connor, today issued a media release which contains two incorrect and slanderous assertions.

Firstly, Mr O’Connor has repeated old and discredited assertions relating to the publication of recent employment projection figures.

As the Secretary of the Department of Employment has confirmed on several occasions, most recently at Senate Estimates, there was no suggestion from either myself or my office that these figures be modified.

Secondly, Mr O’Connor asserts that I have “forced” the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to modify certain material on its website.

Material appearing on the department’s website is a matter for the department.

I can confirm that neither I nor my office have had any communication with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to this matter.