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Thursday, 21 August 2003
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Mr LATHAM (4:16 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr LATHAM —Yes, I do.


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr LATHAM —The first matter relates to Minister Abbott claiming in question time that Craig Knowles was the Mayor of Liverpool when I was a councillor. Then Minister Abbott, backflipping, made an explanation after question time that in fact he should have referred to Craig Knowles not as the mayor but as an alderman or a councillor. Now in another backflip he has just repeated the original misrepresentation by reading from Who's Who.


The SPEAKER —The member for Werriwa must indicate where he has been misrepresented.


Mr LATHAM —Mr Speaker, the facts of the matter are these: I was elected to Liverpool City Council on 26 September 1987. Craig Knowles was the Mayor of Liverpool from September 1986 to 1987 and retired from council at the election when I was elected.


The SPEAKER —The member for Werriwa must indicate where he was misrepresented.


Mr LATHAM —He was not the Mayor of Liverpool after September 1987. The Mayor of Liverpool after September 1987, if my memory serves me correctly, was Casey Conway.


The SPEAKER —The member for Werriwa will resume his seat.