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Wednesday, 18 March 1987
Page: 1030


Mr WEBSTER —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr WEBSTER —I do.


Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr WEBSTER —The honourable member for Prospect (Dr Klugman) has circulated all members of parliament with a letter claiming that my recent correspondence with them, urging action on pornographic videos, was done `in preparation for an attempt to obtain cheap publicity'. I wrote a bipartisan letter to my colleagues, which indicated that, with them, I had been dilatory on this issue. I had been moved to write because of recent publicity on the impact of pornography on children. I have publicised the issue because the media is a significant lever in setting parliamentary priorities. This was no premeditated media stunt. It was a sign of my regret for past inaction and a call for reform.