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Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Page: 1523

Mr TURNBULL (3:34 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr TURNBULL —Yes, grievously, and the Prime Minister should listen to this.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr TURNBULL —Twice in question time the Prime Minister said, ‘What I find remarkable about this entire exchange, Mr Speaker, is that the newborn party of compassion, which lodged its birth notice last Friday, registered its death notice with its earlier remarks by the member for Wentworth, saying that working families do not deserve a decent outcome when it comes to the minimum wage.’ Every member of this House, including the Prime Minister, who does not have the guts to listen, knows I said nothing of the sort—

The SPEAKER —Order! The member must show where he was misrepresented.

Mr TURNBULL —but, instead, asked a question of the Prime Minister as to why the government lacked the courage to make any submission to the Fair Pay Commission about the outcome—

The SPEAKER —Order! The member will resume his seat. Unless he shows where he has been personally misrepresented and does not debate the issue—

Mr TURNBULL —Mr Speaker, I am not debating it.

Mr Albanese —You’re not debating it?

The SPEAKER —The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The member for Wentworth must not debate the issue but must explain where he has been misrepresented.

Mr TURNBULL —Mr Speaker, that is precisely what I am doing. I have detailed the misrepresentation the Prime Minister made twice and I am now saying what I said. With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to complete the personal explanation which I am entitled to give.

The SPEAKER —How long does this quote from yourself go for?

Mr TURNBULL —Mr Speaker, it is nearly finished.

The SPEAKER —The member will wrap up his personal explanation now.

Mr TURNBULL —Thank you, Mr Speaker. The question that I asked sought to find out from the Prime Minister why the government had decided not to make any submission as to the outcome—

The SPEAKER —Order! The member will resume his seat.