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Thursday, 18 September 2003
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Mr MURPHY (3:35 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr MURPHY —Yes.


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr MURPHY —The Prime Minister knocked me over early in question time today. Specifically, the Prime Minister misrepresented me in two areas. Firstly, the Prime Minister said that I had been push polling my electorate over Medicare and bulk-billing. On this point, some 18,000 constituents replied to my letter and my Medicare petition. My writing a letter to my constituents about Medicare is not push polling.


The SPEAKER —The member for Lowe will come to his next point.


Mr MURPHY —That is the first point. The second point, Mr Speaker, with great respect, is: my claim to my constituents that, under the government's proposed Medicare policy, a patient will pay a $20 charge every time they visit a doctor was not denied by the Prime Minister.


The SPEAKER —I will raise this matter later with the member for Lowe. It must be clear that he has been misrepresented. If I have heard him in error I will take that up with him as well. I just make the point that that did seem to be a more literal use of personal explanations than is normally tolerated by the chair.