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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 11


Mr WINDSOR (2:48 PM) —

Honourable members interjecting—


The SPEAKER —Order! The Member for New England has the call.


Mr Ripoll interjecting


The SPEAKER —The member for Oxley is warned.


Mr WINDSOR —My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister. Deputy Prime Minister, in evidence to the Senate inquiry into regional partnerships, Greg Maguire admitted under oath that, several days after meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister for 90 minutes, he said to me:

You—

meaning me—

should roll over and talk to the Liberal or National parties.

You could write your own deal.

You could probably do whatever you wanted, even an overseas posting.

There would be jobs for the boys.

Go and talk to John Anderson.

Did you, Deputy Prime Minister, discuss my political future with Greg Maguire on 13 May 2004?


Mr ANDERSON (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —I thank the honourable member for his question. As I recall, and as the man in question has indicated, he indicated to me that he felt that you had become an ineffective member for that seat. He indicated, as indeed many members of the Tamworth business community have indicated to me, that they would like to see a change in representation. He himself said all of that in the Senate hearing the other day. So, in that sense, have members of the Tamworth business community talked to me about their representation? Yes. Did I say to him in some form or another that I had some offer to make to you? Very specifically, as I have said endlessly in this place, no I did not.