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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 165


Mr SHIPTON —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr SHIPTON —I do.


Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.


Mr SHIPTON —Mr Speaker, I thank you for your indulgence. I refer to a question which was answered in this House by the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism (Mr John Brown) in which I claim to have been misrepresented. The Minister, in answer to a question asked today, announced publicly for the first time the existence of an Australian Tourist Commission task force examining penalty rates. He unnecessarily attacked me for revealing the existence of this hitherto secret inquiry that he knew about and had been bragging about to the travel industry. In the Travel Trade magazine of 18-30 July he is reported as saying at a Women's Australian Travel League luncheon that a working party was making the first in-depth study.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! I remind the honourable member for Higgins that he has been granted permission to explain where he has been misrepresented, not what actions the Minister has taken.


Mr SHIPTON —Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will draw my explanation to a close. I have explained that the Minister said, in answer to a question, that the inquiry had now been set up. He was saying that I--


Mr Peter Morris —He called you a fool and you are proving it.


Mr SHIPTON —The honourable member should just listen.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The House will come to order. When honourable members on my right cease interjecting the business of the House can go on. I would have thought that, as Ministers, they would have wanted that to happen. I call the honourable member for Higgins.


Mr SHIPTON —Thank you for your support, Mr Speaker. The Minister, in his answer, made no reference to the statement that he made at the National Economic Summit Conference concerning a conference on penalty rates. He has also unfairly attacked a respected journalist. The facts are--


Mr Hurford —Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. The honourable member is transgressing your ruling.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Minister for Housing and Construction got in ahead of me. If the honourable member for Higgins does not proceed to explain where he has been misrepresented I must ask him to resume his seat. I call the honourable member for Higgins.


Mr SHIPTON —Mr Speaker, I will conclude by saying that the facts are that an inquiry has been set up and the Minister knew about it.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Higgins will resume his seat