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Tuesday, 20 June 2000
Page: 17697

Mr ALLAN MORRIS (5:16 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ALLAN MORRIS —The Newcastle Herald of Monday, 12 June, in an article by columnist Jeff Corbett, made a number of statements which referred to me concerning an application by 14 people for life membership of the Australian Labor Party. Mr Corbett, who has a long history of misrepresenting me, stated that normally I would have supported such applications and that my support was conspicuously absent. He went on to suggest that I was aligned to the party's Left. The journalist, as I have said, has a long habit of misrepresentation.

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr ALLAN MORRIS —This man is beyond ethics. Had Mr Corbett or anybody else from the Herald checked with me, they would have found that I was neither made aware of the application being submitted nor invited to support it. Had I been advised in the normal manner, I would have supported those applications.

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Newcastle must indicate where he has been misrepresented.

Mr ALLAN MORRIS —The facts are that I supported the applicants but I was not able to formally support them through the party processes.