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Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Page: 6099

Mr DUTTON (3:51 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr DUTTON —I do indeed.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr DUTTON —During question time today, as the Minister for Foreign Affairs approached the dispatch box, I said to him that if he used the words ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ then this clearly was a contribution by the Prime Minister—that is, that his words were clearly provided to him by the Prime Minister, or words to that effect. And that has been somehow manipulated by the foreign affairs minister into some sort of a statement that we do not support the government in a bipartisan position in relation to concern about developments in Iran at the moment. It is a complete misrepresentation of what I said. It is clear that the Prime Minister writes every word for this foreign affairs minister and that is the point I was trying to make.

The SPEAKER —Order! The member has now gone past where he was misrepresented. He will resume his seat.