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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2411


Senator WATSON —by leave-During Question Time in response to an unfounded and inaccurate retort from Senator Chipp, I stood to support the Opposition shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Mr Hodgman. However, I wish to make it perfectly clear that I reject the imputation placed on that support by Senator Chipp. Indeed, I am proud of the record of the Liberal Party in relation to refugees and our immigration program. But I totally deplore the intemperate outburst by Senator Chipp that Mr Hodgman encouraged an anti-refugee attitude in Australia--


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Watson, you sought leave and received permission to make a personal explanation. You cannot digress on the behaviour of others in making your personal explanation. You must stick to your personal explanation.


Senator WATSON —Mr Deputy President, action to disallow that section of the question was to be commended. The Senate of late has been subject all too frequently--


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Watson, you did not listen to what I said. You must make a personal explanation of how you have been personally affected. A general debate is not permissible under Standing Orders.


Senator WATSON —I believe that in this debate Senator Chipp has mischievously--


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Watson, this is totally out of order. You cannot continue to pursue this line. You may make a personal explanation but you cannot debate the behaviour of Senator Chipp.


Senator WATSON —I believe that my position in this debate has been misconstrued by Senator Chipp and I wish to state that I deplore the action that he took.