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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20522

Mr McMULLAN (3:33 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr McMULLAN —Indeed.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr McMULLAN —The Minister for Trade, in response to a question today, claimed that the agreement that was entered into at the end of the Uruguay Round was less successful than it should have been, less successful than he would have wished, and less successful than the National Farmers Federation would have supported. Could I say three things. The first is—

The SPEAKER —Member for Fraser, could I interrupt you to say that, as you would be well aware, I need to discover where you have been misrepresented.

Mr McMULLAN —He said that I had been the person who negotiated it. He said it had been negotiated by me.

The SPEAKER —If I missed that, I apologise. I was not sure that that had been said.

Mr McMULLAN —It was said by the minister, but I had not said it. I am sorry, Mr Speaker; you are correct. There are three things. Firstly, it was the first trade agreement ever to include benefits for Australian farmers. All the agreements made by the National Party before that had had none. Secondly, it received the total support of the National Party in the parliament at the time, including the support of the now Minister for Trade. Thirdly, it received the support of the National Farmers Federation at the time.