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Thursday, 5 December 1974
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Mr SINCLAIR (New England ) -I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr SINCLAIRYes. In the reply by the Prime Minister to the question I asked of him at question time this morning it seemed to be implied that, in some way, I had criticised the staff of members of the Ministry of this place. That is not true. Indeed, the question was intended to do the exact reverse. I have a tremendous respect for the industry, application, honesty and candour of those who work within the ministerial staffs of this place, as I have for those who work in my own office and those who work within offices of other members on this side of the House. The intention was in no way to reflect on those who work in those offices, but I specifically referred to those 2 recent blemishes that have emerged within persons who are employed on the staff of the Deputy Prime Minister (Dr J. F. Cairns).

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