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Tuesday, 14 October 2003
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Mr RUDD (3:44 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr RUDD —Yes.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr RUDD —In question time the Minister for Foreign Affairs raised the possibility that a press release of mine had in fact quoted from a national security document. The foreign minister referred to a press release of mine dated 13 March this year, which contained within it three observations from Mr Andrew Wilkie. For the information of the House, I have identified the highly classified national security source of this document: it was the Bulletin magazine of 12 March this year, which contained an interview with Mr Wilkie. Once again, a minister has been loose with the truth on national security.