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Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Page: 6909


Mr KELVIN THOMSON (Wills) (15:23): I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr KELVIN THOMSON: Yes, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER: The member for Wills may proceed.

Mr KELVIN THOMSON: In the Age today the member for Dawson is reported to have criticised me for blaming Australian farmers but not saying anything on the question of religion. This is incorrect on both counts. I have spoken in parliament on the live cattle exports issue on three occasions over the past three weeks. A reading of my speeches will reveal that I have made no criticisms of Australian farmers whatsoever. On the other hand, I have expressly raised the issue of religion, stating religious convictions do not give anyone a licence to depart from basic standards of decency and humanity.