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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3378


Mr HAND —I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr HAND —I do.


Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member for Melbourne may proceed.


Mr Sinclair —They said you were on the right wing, did they?


Mr HAND —What was that? I did not hear the honourable member.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member should get on with his personal explanation and ignore interjections.


Mr HAND —On page 3273 of yesterday's Hansard during the speech of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock) an interjection was recorded under my name. The interjection was: 'Right, dead right'. That is not correct. I did not make that remark. On page 3274 the Leader of the Opposition states:

I am looking at serious disclosures, serious breaches, breaches that could affect the national security, the security of this nation, matters way beyond the alleged minimal matters about which the honourable member for Melbourne (Mr Hand) was interjecting a moment ago. With the allegiances that he has shown to outside powers it is not surprising that he should interject in this way.

I find these remarks totally offensive. I have no allegiances to outside powers. I am as loyal an Australian citizen as the Leader of the Opposition. I call on the Leader of the Opposition to show some courage, refute those accusations and withdraw them.