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Monday, 9 December 2013
Page: 1943


Mr MORRISON (CookMinister for Immigration and Border Protection) (15:14): Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr MORRISON: Yes.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr MORRISON: An article by Chris Johnson and Heath Aston in The Sun-Herald on 8 December made reference to an alleged conversation that took place between me and the chief of staff of the Leader of the Opposition. This is a complete fabrication. It is total fiction. What is more concerning is that that position was advised to The Sun-Herald, prior to publication, while the story was being written. So, if you want to read some lies, read The Sun-Herald.

Mr Burke: On a point of order, Madam Speaker: that went well beyond what is allowed during a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: I will remember that next time the member seeks the same courtesy of the House.

Mr Burke: When you believed members of this side had strayed beyond, you pulled them up immediately, and you have not done the same with members of the government.

The SPEAKER: To the contrary. I have no hesitation in doing it to both sides.