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Wednesday, 6 May 1987
Page: 2696

Mr JOHN BROWN (Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism) —Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Madam SPEAKER —Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?


Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr JOHN BROWN —The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers of yesterday's date and again of today's date carry reports of evidence given at a trial in Sydney relating to the well known Chris Jones-Eddie Azzopardi case. The newspapers report my name and that of my wife as being numbered amongst several others, including my State counterpart and the New South Wales Premier, as frequenting illegal casinos in Parramatta and other illegal acts. Like the New South Wales Premier, who yesterday denied any knowledge of the accusations, I now advise the House of my complete innocence in all these matters. I have never visited an illegal casino in Parramatta or in any other place. I deplore the accusations that have been levelled against me. I am confident that police investigations already launched into these lying accusations will clear not only my name by also the names of my wife and of other people named in these malicious statements. Furthermore, I assert that Robert Cummings, expelled member of the Australian Labor Party, should be charged with making malicious and misleading statements. I deplore the efforts of this person of ill repute to slur innocent people.