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Friday, 5 October 1984
Page: 1342

Senator MARTIN —Mr Acting Deputy President, I claim under standing order 410 to have been misrepresented.

Senator Grimes —You can't do that.

Senator MARTIN —It is a genuine claim. Senator Grimes earlier in his speech made a misstatement of fact in relation to speeches I made in this place. He ascribed to me a particular motive in speaking today. It had to do with my being a candidate for a House of Representatives seat which he claimed included a large number of elderly and wealthy people. I do not debate whether it does or does not, but it was an overstatement. He said he had not heard much from me in the Senate in the last couple of years and that was the reason I was making this speech. He made the statement that I had not spoken much in the Senate in the last couple of years. Of course, I was not prepared for his statement so I have not looked at the facts, but I am sure that they would show that I have participated in more debates in the Senate in the last two years than in the previous two years. I am quite happy to go through these factual things with Senator Grimes, but it is a misrepresentation of my participation in the Senate this week and my reasons for participating today.