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Monday, 24 March 1997
Page: 2727


Mr NEVILLE(3.18 p.m.) —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER —Does the member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr NEVILLE —Yes.


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr NEVILLE —In the House on Thursday, 20 March, the shadow minister for tourism and member for Cunningham (Mr Martin) referred, in a question to the Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government (Mr Warwick Smith), to reports that National Party members in north Queensland had been telling the media and the tourist industry that the Howard government's visitor tax was uncollectable. I have no recollection of ever having made such a statement. Furthermore—


Mr Martin —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Personal explanations are to show where the member has been misrepresented personally. If you look at the Hansard report, you will see that no specific member was mentioned and, therefore, this personal explanation is outside the guidelines.


Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member for Hinkler claim to have been misrepresented personally?


Mr NEVILLE —The area of concern is so narrow as to be pointed at an individual member. I would like to conclude on this point: I am not in the business of being treacherous to the government nor misleading to my tourism industry.


Mr Martin —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I will put the member for Hinkler out of his misery—it wasn't him I was referring to, so he can sit down.


Mr NEVILLE —Mr Speaker, I am consoled.