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Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Page: 13617

Mr O'DOWD (Flynn) (15:03): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr O'DOWD: Yes, most grievously.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr O'DOWD: The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport today claimed that he had not spoken to me about the Calliope crossroads, and in fact had never met me. He has a very short memory. I sat beside him at the opening of the Gladstone Airport, and we spoke—

Mr Ripoll: You must have made a big impression!

Mr O'DOWD: Yes, I did make a big impression—he actually borrowed my biro from me because he could not remember the name of the former member for Flynn, which was Chris Trevor, who was sitting on the other side of him. He could not remember his name, so he had to take my biro and write his name down.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member has explained where he has been misrepresented. He should not further debate it.

Mr O'Dowd: I would love to go on.

The SPEAKER: The member for Flynn has had a good go.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! Would members like to fill in the half-hour that they now have by just yelling and screaming across the chamber?