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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3227


Ms HENDERSON (Corangamite) (15:18): I wish to make a personal explanation in relation to a statement made by the Leader of the Opposition during question time yesterday.

The SPEAKER: Does the member believe she has been misrepresented?

Ms HENDERSON: Yes, I do.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Ms HENDERSON: Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition claimed that I had not fought for any worker at Alcoa or Blue Circle. This is false. With respect to Blue Circle cement, now Boral, in Geelong these 90 jobs were lost when Labor was in government. As the Liberal candidate, I advocated very hard for Blue Circle, particularly in relation to the impact of the carbon tax. With respect to Alcoa—

Mr Fitzgibbon: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

The SPEAKER: The member for Hunter will resume his seat.

Mr Fitzgibbon: But you understand the matter I am about to raise.

The SPEAKER: The member for Hunter will resume his seat.

Mr Fitzgibbon: She has clearly made clear where she was misrepresented. She is now arguing the case.

The SPEAKER: The member for Hunter will resume his seat. The member for Corangamite needs to establish where she has been misrepresented and then state what the true position is but not enter into argument.

Ms HENDERSON: The misrepresentation occurred because the Leader of the Opposition claimed that I had not fought for any worker at Alcoa or Blue Circle. This is false. I have already said that in relation to Blue Circle I advocated very hard. In relation to Alcoa—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member—

Ms HENDERSON: May I just finish my point?

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Those on my left will show some courtesy. This is a new member, and members who have been in this place for a lot longer have done a lot worse on personal explanations. The member for Corangamite has made her point and showed where she has been misrepresented. She has shown what her true position is and she will conclude her explanation.

Ms HENDERSON: Just in relation to Alcoa, I have also fought very hard for Alcoa workers and have worked—

Honourable members interjecting

Ms HENDERSON: I would like to put this on the record. This is an important point.

The SPEAKER: The member for Corangamite has made her point. She may make that more broadly in the adjournment or in another form of the House. She has concluded this point.