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Monday, 21 June 2004
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Mr RUDD (3:35 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr RUDD —Yes.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr RUDD —The Minister for Foreign Affairs stated in question time today that I had stated that a decision on the future of C130s had not been taken by the ALP. What I said last Friday was:

There are a bunch of missions in Baghdad at present which currently don't have their own independent or individual air forces operating within the region.

They seem to get by.

Also, I'm advised that when it comes to civilian air transports, operating into Baghdad international airport at present, that is also under way.

As far as the detailed decision on this is concerned, there will be an appropriate decision at the time by people with on the ground experience.

And the thought of Alexander Downer dressed up as an air vice marshall telling us how to marshall staff in and out of the country is just plain ridiculous.

The SPEAKER —Order! The member for Griffith has indicated where he has been misrepresented and will resume his seat.