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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20439

Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (9:33 AM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ABBOTT —I do.

The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.

Mr ABBOTT —In the statement that the member for Rankin has just made, he claimed that I knew all about the contents of the confidential 23rd volume of the Cole royal commission report. I did not. I have not seen this volume, I do not intend to see this volume and it has never been made available to cabinet. I think it is important to put that on the record.