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Thursday, 20 June 2002
Page: 4082

Ms ROXON (3:36 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Ms ROXON —Yes.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Ms ROXON —Yesterday in question time, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs referred to comments I had made in the appropriations debate. He alleged that I commented that the government was not putting enough money into preschools and suggested that I direct those comments to the states. As the minister is well aware, as is anyone else who reads the Hansard, I was referring to the overall quantum of money spent on children of preschool age, between zero and five years, which clearly includes Commonwealth child-care expenditure, children's health spending by the Commonwealth and preschool spending, amongst other things.