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Thursday, 2 June 2011
Page: 5789

Mr RUDD (GriffithMinister for Foreign Affairs) (15:59): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the minister claimed to have been misrepresented?

Mr RUDD: I do.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr RUDD: In his first question in question time today the Leader of the Opposition said that at the National Press Club yesterday I had referred to the next election as a referendum on climate change. That is totally false and I would suggest he looks at the record. Secondly, the Manager of Opposition Business said in question time today that I had called for an election on the carbon price now. That also is totally false and the Manager of Opposition Business knows it. What I have said yesterday and repeatedly is that the Leader of the Opposition is a climate change denier and that is absolutely true.

The SPEAKER: Order! The minister is now debating.