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Monday, 18 June 2007
Page: 42

Mr BEVIS (3:19 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr BEVIS —Yes.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr BEVIS —I was misrepresented during question time by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who, in answer to a dorothy dix question in relation to terrorism, asserted that those of us on this side had shown no interest in those matters. In fact, he should be aware that—

The SPEAKER —The member must show where he has been personally misrepresented.

Mr BEVIS —I issued a press release on 4 April in which I said that we welcome news that the Indonesian national police, working with the Australian Federal Police, had captured five suspected terrorists. I went on to point out that it was positive news for regional security. On matters of this kind, we would expect the foreign minister to demonstrate a higher level of performance and bipartisanship than he demonstrated today.