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Thursday, 29 May 2003
Page: 15497

Ms HALL (4:53 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Ms HALL —Yes.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Ms HALL —I claim to have been misrepresented on three occasions last night in this House by the member for Dobell in an adjournment speech. Firstly, he talked about a statement by Mr Barry Cohen that Labor is made up of members without any real world experience—ex-union officials, ex-staffers and ex-lawyers—and then he went on to attribute me to that group. In fact, I have worked in numerous clerical positions, both in the public and the private sectors, in small business. I have been an employment counsellor and a rehabilitation counsellor. I have lectured casually at university. I have worked in the hospitality industry.

The SPEAKER —Does the member for Shortland have any other areas of misrepresentation?

Ms HALL —And I am the mother of three children.

The SPEAKER —I will have to be much more crisp when I indicate to the member for Shortland. She cannot advance an argument.

Ms HALL —Yes, Mr Speaker. The second occasion was in the same speech. The member for Dobell attributed to me remarks about a substation at Wyong and then went on to say that substations are for electricity, not for telecommunications. I would like to table both the statement I made in parliament and the media release that I sent out to the local media, which demonstrate fully that I did not say that.

Leave granted.

The SPEAKER —The member for Shortland has indicated where she was misrepresented.

Ms HALL —The third point is that the member for Dobell said I denigrated the efforts of technical experts who worked to repair the damage. Once again, I refer to those items I have placed before the parliament. I at no time denigrated workers; rather I argued that there should be more workers and that the problem was the network.

The SPEAKER —The member for Shortland is now arguing her case. She has indicated where she has been misrepresented.