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Thursday, 13 February 2003
Page: 11848


Mr FITZGIBBON (3:31 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr FITZGIBBON —I certainly do.


The SPEAKER —The member for Hunter may proceed.


Mr FITZGIBBON —This morning in the House the member for Paterson successfully sought leave to make a personal explanation. Within that personal explanation, he accused me of misleading the House on a range of matters. I thank you for your protection, Mr Speaker—you pointed out to him that that would require a substantive motion. I will not go through all of those points now, because it would take up too much of the House's time. I will, though, simply again seek leave to table a letter from—


The SPEAKER —The member for Hunter must indicate where he has been misrepresented in a comment, and I am still waiting to hear an area in which he has been misrepresented.


Mr FITZGIBBON —I have with me a letter from Port Stephens Council to the Nelson Bay Precinct Committee which says, amongst other things:

There have been two parcels of land in Palanda Court which have been unlawfully—



The SPEAKER —The member for Paterson will withdraw that remark.



The SPEAKER —The member for Paterson will rise, recognise the chair and withdraw the remark or excuse himself from the House!


Mr Baldwin —I withdraw, Mr Speaker.


The SPEAKER —I point out to the member for Hunter that what he is currently bringing before the chair is not a personal explanation. He seeks, I am aware, to table documents. There are other facilities of the House that would enable him to do just that, but the facility of a personal explanation must indicate where he has been in some way misrepresented. I have listened closely to him, and I have not heard an indication of him being misrepresented.


Mr FITZGIBBON —The member for Paterson misrepresented me by claiming that I misled the House. The letter says:

There have been two parcels of land—


The SPEAKER —The member for Hunter will resume his seat. Before I recognise the member for Mackellar, who will also resume her seat, I point out to the member for Hunter that the chair took instant action at the accusation made. There was no misrepresentation consequent, because of the action by the chair. If the member for Hunter seeks to table documents, he will use facilities in the House other than a personal explanation.


Mr FITZGIBBON —The member for Paterson has been up on a number of occasions claiming that I was wrong to suggest that there had been illegal clearing.


Mr Abbott —Mr Speaker, I think it is unseemly for both members to prosecute this matter the way they are, but, given that the member for Paterson has been given leave to table documents, I am happy to give the member for Hunter leave to table his document.

Leave granted.