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Thursday, 21 November 1996
Page: 7279

Mr LATHAM —Is there an answer to the question posed by the member for Barker on Tuesday making allegations against me concerning the record of Hansard ? My understanding is that the material has been provided to you and I would certainly appreciate at the end of this sitting week your report back to the House. Otherwise I will take a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER —As I said, my focus over the last 24 hours has been elsewhere. I know that the information is flowing, or has finally flowed, into my office. If I have an opportunity, I will revisit it this afternoon.

Mr Latham —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Mr Reith —Leave is not granted.

Mr SPEAKER —Is this relevant to the same comment?

Mr Latham —Yes, I've been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —No leave will be granted because you have just asked me a question which I will revisit. I will further advise the House this afternoon if the information I have is complete.

Mr Latham —You knew the truth.

Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member for Werriwa will resume his seat.