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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2133


Mr MORRISON (Cook) (11:03): Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr MORRISON: Yes.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr MORRISON: Yesterday, in question time, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in response to a question of mine, said there was no indefinite suspension as I questioned him and said I was wrong—his quote was, 'You are wrong.' He also invited me in his response to check the facts. I can inform the House that I have checked the facts with the chief migration officer of the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority, who advised me that the suspension was in place for transfers of asylum seekers to Manus Island. That suspension is in place now, as the Papua New Guinea government understands it. I was misrepresented by the minister—

The SPEAKER: The member must demonstrate where he has been misrepresented.

Mr MORRISON: who does not know what is going on.

The SPEAKER: I thank the member, but the use of personal explanations should not be an opportunity for an extension of debate.