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Wednesday, 9 May 1984
Page: 1836


Senator MARTIN —Madam Deputy President, I claim to have been misrepresented and seek leave to make a personal explanation.


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Haines) —You do not need leave, Senator Martin.


Senator MARTIN —I have been misrepresented. I am not going to enter into the subject matter of the debate but the speaker preceding me, Senator Bolkus, did make references to what I had done and ascribed a certain meaning to this. He said that I had correctly dissociated myself from Mr Hodgman. He said it was interesting that Mr Hodgman's speech was not quoted by me. That is true; I did not quote from Mr Hodgman's speech. However, I did not do it for the reason the speaker attributed to me. I did not dissociate myself from the shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. I indicated that time was constrained and I could not say all the things I wanted to. Because of that, Senator Bolkus cannot conclude that any reference I may have made in my speech reflects in a disfavourable way on Mr Michael Hodgman.


Senator Walters —Madam Deputy President, I raise a point of order. I was in my room when I heard Senator Bolkus denigrating a member of parliament who is not a member of this place. That is against Standing Orders. Apart from anything else it was extremely untruthful. He has never made a racist comment in his life and for Senator Bolkus to come in here and abuse the privileges of this Senate, I believe, is extraordinarily unfair.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Haines) —There is no point of order. A point of order on that matter must be taken at the time, Senator Walters.