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Monday, 12 September 2011
Page: 9623


Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (15:27): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ALBANESE: I do.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr ALBANESE: An article in the Age today—'Reef safeguard cut back'—purports to make a suggestion of a change in policy which is in my area and names me. The government does not, of course, comment on the content of classified US cables; however, the position has not changed since the policy in question was introduced in 2006. Between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2011, 4,197 ships transited the Torres Strait. 4,197 of them had pilots onboard.