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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 162


Dr LEIGH (Fraser) (15:17): Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the member claim to have been misrepresented?

Dr LEIGH: Most grievously.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Dr LEIGH: In today's Australian the Treasurer attempted to draft me as a supporter of his $200 billion increase in the debt cap, quoting my words from May 2012. In those statements I was referring to a $50 billion increase, one that had been justified weeks earlier in the 2012 budget. I have been misrepresented, because this increase is four times larger and no justification for it has been provided. The Treasurer cannot conscript me into his service.