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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
Page: 1358

Mr McVEIGH —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr McVEIGH —Yes.

Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr McVEIGH —Mr Speaker, during the adjournment debate last night, as recorded on page 1310 of Hansard, I claimed that I had been misrepresented and you indicated that, at the appropriate time, you would allow me to make a personal explanation . In the course of his remarks, the honourable member for Petrie (Mr Wells) said :

He suggests that the State taxes in the southern States are lower than taxes in Queensland.

I said in my speech that the taxes in the southern States were higher than in Queensland. In order to assist the honourable member for Petrie-I would hate people outside this Parliament really to believe that he is as foolish as his remarks indicate--

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member is now going beyond a personal explanation.

Mr McVEIGH —I suggest that either the honourable member take up the matter with Hansard and substitute the word 'higher' for the word 'lower', or have the matter corrected in public. I would hate people to think that the honourable member for Petrie is as foolish as he is.

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