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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1042


Senator LEWIS —Mr Acting Deputy President, I claim to have been misrepresented. I am a great admirer of Senator Georges. I think that the speech he has just made in the Senate is probably one of the best speeches he has made in a long time. I must say that he and I get on very well personally outside the chamber. I would count him as one of my friends in this place. I believe that when he reads his pink of what he has said today he will realise that for some reason he imputed some base motive to me in the course of an exchange when he apparently caught my eye. Frankly, I do not understand what he meant, but I do say this-I have said it before, publicly, and I will say again; I am adopting words used in the case ex parte Lewin in 1964, New South Wales reports, page 446 -I am possessed of no views incapable of reconsideration; I have an open mind and no sense of vested interest in maintaining my earlier decision, if it was, in fact a decision or a judicial view. I have always claimed that the earlier report was, in fact, a report of an investigative nature and not of a judicial nature.