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Tuesday, 23 October 1984
Page: 2208


Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —by leave-I wish to make a personal explanation. The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt), when answering a question on the veterans' affairs policy of the opposition, implied that we were intending to extend the counselling service for Vietnam veterans. That is not exactly so. The coalition, when in government, established that counselling service and was in the process of extending it.


Senator Childs —I take a point of order, Mr President. The honourable senator is not addressing himself to a misrepresentation of his own position. He is talking about the political program of his Party. Surely that is extending past the legitimate right to make a personal explanation.


The PRESIDENT —As I understand Senator Scott, he is giving an explanation of his role when he was Minister for Veterans' Affairs and in that respect is within the bounds of a personal explanation. If he were explaining existing policy he would be out of order. I will hear Senator Scott further.


Senator SCOTT —I merely want to make the point that the coalition, in its veterans' affairs policy, proposes to extend to all ex-service personnel the counselling service it established for Vietnam veterans.