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Monday, 28 June 1999
Page: 7583

Mr HORNE —My question to you, Mr Speaker, specifically relates to the last question asked by the member for Page to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Is it going to be the practice in this House from here on that questions are asked simply to denigrate ministers in other states who do not have the right to come here to defend themselves? Because that is precisely why that question was asked.

Mr SPEAKER —As the member for Paterson is aware, the standing orders of the House allow members, where they are personally misrepresented, to address that issue. Where allegations are allegedly made about governments of any political persuasion by anyone in the House, there is no such facility, but of course the debate allows people to address any misrepresentations that they believe may have occurred. This is consistent with what has been the past practice of the House.