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Thursday, 27 June 2013
Page: 7248


Mr GRAY (BrandMinister for Small Business, Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism) (12:23): I rise to correct, and apologise unreservedly for, remarks I made last night at the Minerals Council of Australia official dinner held in the Great Hall. Acting on what I thought was reliable advice, I made the incorrect statement that the former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela had passed away. I wish to apologise for the error, and I have conveyed my apologies directly to the South African high commissioner and to the Minerals Council of Australia.