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Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Page: 2480

Mr SWAN (4:41 PM) —Mr Speaker, I have a question to you. I gather from speaking to you directly and from reports in the Hansard that you took a decision over the break to expunge some words from the Hansard relating to matters which occurred in this House when we last sat on that Thursday. I then raised with you my reservations about the decision that you announced, and you indicated then that you would consider the matter and come back. In the interim you have taken a decision on this matter and these words have been expunged from the Hansard. Mr Speaker, have you ruled that way?

The SPEAKER —Yes, consistent with the remarks that I made in the Hansard on last Thursday week. I did not indicate that I would return to the parliament; I said that I would consider the matters raised by the member for Lilley. I spoke to the member for Lilley and have sent a letter to Hansard—I do not know whether or not the member for Lilley is in receipt of it, and I will make sure he is if he wishes—asking that the words referred to be expunged.