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Wednesday, 7 September 1983
Page: 453


Dr KLUGMAN(10.57) —I would just like to reply to the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall) on one point. The honourable member for Boothby claimed that the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) has kept open the position of the Special Minister of State because of pressure from the socialist left in the Australian Labor Party. I assure the honourable member and others that, for some considerable time, I have not been accused of being a member of the Left and that I strongly support that position.