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Wednesday, 26 June 2002
Page: 4451

Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (3:41 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr ABBOTT —I do.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ABBOTT —I believe I have been misrepresented by the member for Prospect in the course of question time today. I certainly cannot recall making the comments that she attributed to me. I certainly never authorised anyone to make those comments, and I am not aware of anyone in my office or of anyone over whom I had any authority making those comments. I certainly would invite the member for Prospect, if she has some documentary evidence, to submit it. If I did make such comments, obviously I should not have and I do not think that they are true.

The SPEAKER —The Leader of the House is aware that he has indicated where he has been misrepresented. The leader may extend that invitation to the member for Prospect, but not as a matter of personal explanation.