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Gillard warns MPs after report leaked to the media

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has warned Labor MPs to "respect caucus processes" after a committee report dealing with the mining boom was leaked to the media before she had received a copy.

Ms Gillard said it was a problem that the findings of the caucus sub-committee, dealing with issues like enterprise migration agreements, had appeared in the media before she had been given a chance to read it.

The Prime Minister told the caucus she had no intention of speeding up consideration of the "spreading the benefits of boom" report, adding MPs who leaked to the media should not expect to receive any advantage by doing so.

The report is unlikely to be considered by the caucus before the end of the year.

Senator Doug Cameron, who chairs the sub-committee, denied he was the one who leaked the draft report .

But he said the report and the issues raised in it needed to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

The draft report contains a number of findings, including steps designed to ensure more Australians are employed in the mining sector.

Senator Cameron was one of the most vocal critics of the government's decision earlier in the year to pave the way for foreign workers to be employed on Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project.

News Limited reported last week the committee's deputy chair, Andrew Leigh, resigned from the post over some of the recommendations contained in the daft report.

Ms Gillard responded to Senator Cameron by saying the government was "addressing issues of concern to working people", just it had done "consistently under her leadership".

Meanwhile, Victorian Senator Gavin Marshall was elected unopposed as caucus chair.

His election follows Daryl Melham's resignation after eight years in the role.

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