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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1831


Mr DAWKINS (Minister for Finance) —Mr Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented.


Mr SPEAKER —The Minister wishes to make a personal explanation on the grounds that he has been misrepresented. I call the Minister.


Mr DAWKINS —I will not refer to the entire array of distortions which were uttered by the honourable member for O'Connor (Mr Tuckey). I just want to refer very briefly to the allegation that I in some way misled the House. I simply say , as I have said before, that the Opposition has attempted to make me account to the House for the financial transactions from which, I accept, I may have benefited and on which my views may have been sought, but I had little or no capacity to affect their outcome, and that has been demonstrated. If the honourable member for O'Connor had pinched all the documents rather than just some of them, he would have realised that the negotiations in which the liquidator was involved were very complex. They involved the interests of my brothers in their individual capacities as adjoining landholders; they involved the future of my mother's house, which was on the land that was sold; and they involved questions of negotiations which involved my brothers and my mother in relation to the Metropolitan Water Authority. My brothers were involved in those negotiations in their private capacities because they were required to be contributors to the contract with the purchaser. I trust this clarifies the remarks that I made, as I said, on 6 October and 13 October. If the words I used at that time did in any way confuse, I certainly apologise to the House.