Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 659


Mr NEWMAN —Mr Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented.


Mr SPEAKER —If the honourable member claims to have been misrepresented, he may proceed.


Mr NEWMAN —During Question Time the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke), in talking about an Industries Assistance Commission report on the Queensland sugar industry, made the comment that I as Minister for Administrative Services on behalf of the then Government had given-I think I am quoting him fairly accurately-riding instructions to the IAC as to the manner in which it was to report. It is a great pity that the Prime Minister should use Question Time to score cheap political points.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member must proceed to the point where he was misrepresented.


Mr NEWMAN —The position, I am sure, is well known to the Prime Minister and to everybody else in this House. Whilst as Minister for Administrative Services on behalf of the then Government I submitted terms of reference to the IAC, it was, of course, up to the IAC to report objectively, on the evidence it received at its hearings, to the Government and to this Parliament. I can give an absolute assurance to the Prime Minister that no other instructions were given to the IAC .