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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2348

Mr CONNOLLY —Mr Deputy Speaker, I crave your indulgence to clarify two points that were raised in the debate.

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

Mr CONNOLLY —Yes, I was maligned, which is a better way of putting it, by the honourable member for Melbourne (Mr Hand).

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr CONNOLLY —Just for the record, I arrived in Hamilton at 9.30 in the morning. I visited the Hamilton resting place which is an excellent institution. I trust that the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Holding) has been there, but I doubt that he has. I then went on to Lake Condah, Portland, Warrnambool and Framlingham. I had to leave from Warrnambool later in the afternoon and I travelled some 300 kilometres. I would like to have spent more time with the communities-anybody would under the circumstances-but we are all busy and we have to fit in as much as we possibly can in the time available. I wish also to make just one observation. The honourable member for Leichhardt (Mr Gayler) made the point --

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member cannot debate the issue. He has made his personal explanation and I ask him to resume his seat.

Mr CONNOLLY —Mr Deputy Speaker, I will be very brief. This is a serious question.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —I ask the honourable member to resume his seat.

Mr CONNOLLY —Could I just clarify one point raised by the honourable member for Leichhardt because he was definitely maligning me and I have the right to clarify it.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member for Leichhardt was not on his feet. The honourable member for Bradfield cannot respond to interjections in that way.

Mr Hand —Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order --

Mr Connolly —Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Mr Holding —No.

Mr Hand —Mr Deputy Speaker, speaking to the point of order, there is no disputing what I said and I take objection to the fact that the honourable member for Bradfield accused me --

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! There is no point of order.

Mr Hand —Mr Deputy Speaker, if you will bear with me, the honourable member for Bradfield has had a minute and a half in which to accuse me of maligning him. He was there for one hour.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member will resume his seat.