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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 7857


Mr SLIPPER (3:55 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr SLIPPER —I do.


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr SLIPPER —Yesterday, in responding to the member for Sturt’s convincingly argued MPI on the topic ‘The failure of the government to deliver a real education revolution’, the Deputy Prime Minister, on page 78 of Hansard, said:

But let us just focus for a minute, as the shadow minister did, on the question of the Building the Education Revolution program. I would have to say that I do not think he has got the support of his backbench …

She then went on to quote me as indicating that in my electorate there had been certain funding measures. She actually read from a newsletter, and I quote again:

… ‘Recent funding announcements’. Here is a list of recent funding announcements, from Peter Slipper for Fisher.

Then, as the Deputy Prime Minister quite accurately pointed out, I quoted some of the assistance which had been given to various schools in the electorate of Fisher. I did, however, do so in a way that did not advocate the fact that the government has built up hundreds of millions of dollars of debt and—


The SPEAKER —Order! The member is now starting to debate the point. He will go to where he has personally been misrepresented.


Mr SLIPPER —I was personally misrepresented again, on page 79 of Hansard, when the Deputy Prime Minister said:

But can I say to the member for Fisher that he is not alone in being someone who endorses the Building the Education Revolution.

It was a very long bow to state that I was endorsing their policy when I made announcements which had occurred in my electorate—


The SPEAKER —Order! The member will resume his seat.