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Tuesday, 31 March 1987
Page: 1760

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

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

Mr HODGMAN —I do, Madam Speaker.

Madam SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr HODGMAN —In an otherwise excellent article by Anne Davies in the Australian Financial Review of Friday 27 March last, two statements appear which misrepresent me by purporting to cast doubt on the veracity and accuracy of my statements the previous day with respect to the criminal conspiracy to tape illegally the Kennett-Peacock telephone conversation. Firstly, Telecom Australia's claim that it would be possible to obtain a tape of the quality in this case by using a $299 Dick Smith scanner is contrary to the expert advice given to me by a senior officer of Telecom on Wednesday 25 March last. Secondly, the commencements of Telecom with respect to transmission areas are not consistent with the expert advice given to me by a senior officer of Telecom on Wednesday 25 March last. I have the utmost confidence in the expert opinion of Mr Richard Jennings. He served with Scotland Yard for 14 years, with British intelligence for three years, with the United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence on attachment for three years--

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member does not need to give references. He should tell the House where he has been misrepresented.

Mr HODGMAN —I am about to conclude, Madam Speaker. Mr Jennings now heads Websters Corporate Security, a company which has operated in Sydney for over 46 years. Finally, he and I are satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the illegal Kennett-Peacock tape was not obtained by means of a $299 Dick Smith scanner and the Australian Federal Police investigation will prove that we are correct.

Madam SPEAKER —I point out to the honourable member for Denison that that was not strictly a personal explanation. I gave him some indulgence. The Chair will not continue to give this type of indulgence to what is not a misrepresentation.