Breaking Politics host, Chris Hammer, invited me and regular sparring partner Liberal MP Andrew Laming into the Fairfax Media studio to discuss this morning’s news. Today’s agenda includes worrying reports that the Abbott Government may weaken legislation requiring companies to report on the gender of employees and progress of workplace gender equality measures.
BREAKING POLITICS – FAIRFAX MEDIA
MONDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2014
SUBJECT/S: Manus Island; Cambodia and the Refugee Resettlement Agreement; G20 growth target and multinational profit shifting; Qantas future and jobs; Company gender reporting.
CHRIS HAMMER: One week after an Iranian asylum seeker died on Manus Island the story is still front page news. That’s largely because of Saturday, Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison that he had been misinformed and in turn had misinformed the public about what had happened last Monday night on Manus Island. Well, to discuss that and other issues, I’m joined by Andrew Leigh, the Labor Member for Fraser in the ACT and also Assistant Shadow Treasurer and Andrew Laming, the Liberal Member for Bowman in Brisbane.
Andrew Laming, to you first, it now seems highly likely that the Iranian asylum seeker died within the detention centre on Manus Island. Doesn’t that make his death wholly the responsibility of the Australian Government?
ANDREW LAMING: If that information’s correct it’s extremely alarming. Everyone would regret this occurrence from last week. Look, Scott Morrison’s a star minister. He’s provided information as soon as he reliably could. They’ll try and work out why he was potentially given incorrect information. Everyone will want absolute safety for those that are detained on Manus. I’m confident that that centre can achieve that and continue to be an important part of our border protection.
HAMMER: So, you’d concede that it is the Australian Government’s responsibility, the death in a sense -
LAMING: We’ll be a key player in getting to the bottom of that matter. And we are obviously responsible because we hire the contractors who run that camp.