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Tuesday, 19 June 2001
Page: 27873

Mr HOLLIS (3:32 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr HOLLIS —I do.

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Throsby may proceed.

Mr HOLLIS —The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, in his overreaction to the report of visits to immigration detention centres of the Human Rights Subcommittee, of which I am the deputy chairman, is reported in today's edition of the Canberra Times and other newspapers as saying that `those involved had spent too much time swanning around human rights meetings in Geneva to cast aside emotion and make rational decisions about detention options'. The committee never left Australia. The only swanning around in Geneva has been carried out by the minister.

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Throsby cannot indicate where the committee has been misrepresented.