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Thursday, 16 February 2012
Page: 1670

Mr BANDT (Melbourne) (15:38): Mr Speaker, I seek to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr BANDT: I do.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr BANDT: Yesterday during debate the member for Higgins made a statement that was untrue. I think she knows it was untrue, and she did not take the opportunity to correct the record when it was brought to her attention. She said, 'The Greens member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, received more than $360,000 across both elections as a direct donation' from certain organisations. That is untrue. I respect the member for Higgins. There is plenty for us to disagree about without her making false allegations.

The SPEAKER: The honourable member has made his personal explanation and has pointed out where he has been misrepresented. The honourable member for Cook was courteous enough to advise me that he had a personal explanation. I advise honourable members who wish to make personal explanations that it would be useful to advise the chair. That means it is less likely that they will be overlooked when they seek the call.