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Tuesday, 12 May 1987
Page: 2976

Mr HOWARD (Leader of the Opposition) —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr HOWARD —Yes, Madam Speaker.

Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr HOWARD —On page 2 of this morning's Sydney Morning Herald, under the byline of Mr Milton Cockburn, there appears in the second last paragraph of his story a reference to a discussion between myself and the Group General Manager of John Fairfax Ltd regarding matters relating to the media ownership legislation which will be before the House this afternoon. The context of the report suggests that I had a discussion with Mr Gardiner relating to the matters before the shadow Cabinet yesterday, specifically in relation to yesterday's meeting. That is incorrect. The situation is that I did have a discussion some time ago with Mr Gardiner regarding matters relating to the Government's media legislation, as is proper and appropriate, as I did with all other media proprietors regarding the same legislation.