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Thursday, 14 March 2002
Page: 1367

Mr SNOWDON (3:22 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr SNOWDON —Yes, I do—in a heinous fashion.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr SNOWDON —During question time, Minister Tuckey produced a press release, a copy of which I have here. He said that somehow or other this press release inferred that I did not support the establishment of a facility for refugees and asylum seekers on Christmas Island. In this press release I said, among other things:

This announcement has come as a surprise to the community. While not opposed to the building of a facility, islanders want input to maximise benefits for the struggling Christmas Island community.

The SPEAKER —The member must come to the point on which he has been misrepresented.

Mr SNOWDON —I have; I am just trying to explain. In addition, had the minister heard the debate on the migration legislation this morning, he would have heard me articulate clearly that I had discussions with the people of Christmas Island about this very issue, proposing such a facility, in September and October last year. I seek leave to table the press release.

Leave granted.