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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Page: 9475


Mr NIKOLIC (Bass) (19:52): Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Goodenough ): Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr NIKOLIC: I do.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The honourable member may proceed.

Mr NIKOLIC: The member for Throsby just made a number of incorrect claims in relation to a forum on 21 August in Launceston. The incorrect claims were that this was a university forum. There were no university students at the forum.

Mr Husic: Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. There is a time and a place for the type of intervention that the member is trying to undertake. There is no provision for this under the standing orders, and he is not permitted to do this.

Mr Hartsuyker: Mr Deputy Speaker, the good member sought your indulgence, and members opposite did not object

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The honourable member may proceed, and he should be succinct.

Mr NIKOLIC: The member for Throsby made a number of incorrect statements in relation to a forum that was conducted at Launceston College on 21 August. He said that there were university students at this forum. That is incorrect—they were year 11 and 12 students. He said that there was 'heat' from the floor of the forum. That is not correct—it was a very civil forum with questions from the floor and panellists responding. He has also obviously missed my comments in the media where I have been advocating for a better deal for my constituents with the education minister. The matter he is referring to has been reported in newspapers in my electorate, so I am not sure what he is talking about with there being a line here or whatever he said there. The fact is that he has been caught out misrepresenting me.