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Monday, 26 June 2000
Page: 18211

Mr DANBY (3:50 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr DANBY —Yes.

Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr DANBY —After my question to the Prime Minister regarding a GST-induced four per cent increase in the rent for one of my East St Kilda constituents, the Minister for Financial Services and Regulation told the House on Thursday afternoon last week:

We had the absurd situation where the member for Melbourne Ports stood in his place and asked a question of the Prime Minister about a rental property that had gone up, as I understand it, from $500 a week to $520. Unless I am missing something, it does not strike me that that property would be a caravan park residence, would it, for $520 a week? It would not be a boarding house, would it, at $520 a week?

Many may suspect that the minister, like the government, is a bit out of touch, but my constituent—a disability pensioner affected by a rise in his rent, alone larger than his government pension compensation—will be paying $520 a month.

Mr SPEAKER —The member must indicate where he has been misrepresented, not where his constituent has been misrepresented.