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Thursday, 4 December 1986
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Senator KNOWLES —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.


Senator KNOWLES —I too, along with my colleague, Senator MacGibbon, wish to state quite clearly that those statutory declarations which Senator Giles has presented to the Senate this evening are absolutely and unequivocally false, misleading and untruthful in the extreme. When my colleagues and I went down to the parliamentary lawns on that Monday we were confronted by I would say, with due respect to Senator MacGibbon, more than 100 screaming, yelling, punching, kicking, spitting women. That is exactly what happened to us and this is one of those things for which the public has decried these women for so long and the public has now seen, as can be seen--


The PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Knowles is going well beyond the bounds of a personal explanation. I ask her to restrict her remarks to a personal explanation.


Senator KNOWLES —I will certainly do that. I wish to conclude by simply saying that the things that Senator Giles has mentioned tonight in those statutory declarations about both me and my colleagues are completely false and should not be regarded in any way as a factual representation of what happened that day.