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Thursday, 27 November 1986
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Mr McGAURAN —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Rocher) —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr McGAURAN —I do.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.


Mr McGAURAN —I realise that time is of the essence and that the House is anxious to proceed with the business. I shall be brief. During the comments he made a short time ago on the second report of the Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority the honourable member for Bendigo (Mr Brumby) commented on the fact that the Queensland Government was reluctant to permit its Police Commissioner to appear before the Committee. He then made this comment: `Even the member for Gippsland, a National Party member, together with the Queensland Government, is at a loss to know why the Queensland Premier refused to make available his Police Commissioner'. That is factually incorrect. Following inquiries at the office of the Queensland Premier almost 12 months ago, I am well aware of the reasons why the Queensland Police Commissioner did not appear before the Parliamentary Committee. It is because the Queensland Government-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member has made the point that something that was said was incorrect. That is all he needs to do in making a personal explanation.


Mr McGAURAN —In drawing to a conclusion, I point out that I have been misrepresented by the honourable member for Bendigo, who made some sort of allegation that I would blindly defend the Queensland Premier's action. The representation is obviously false when one takes account of the fact that the National Crime Authority publicly expressed its appreciation of the co-operation received from the Police Commissioner of Queensland.