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Wednesday, 10 December 1986
Page: 3746

Senator CROWLEY —Mr Acting Deputy President, I claim to have been misrepresented and seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

Senator CROWLEY —I did not want to interrupt Senator Cook's speech and I arrived in the chamber too late to follow immediately after Senator Walters, who actually commented in the course of her speech that I had said certain things. She added that I, Senator Crowley, call myself a doctor, the clear implication being that I am not a genuine doctor or the understanding that that is a false claim. For the record I think it is very proper for me to say that, by any criteria-certainly the certification of the Melbourne University-I am a proper doctor. In addition to her imputation that perhaps I am only a pretend doctor or a person who just calls myself a doctor she addressed remarks to me claiming that medical documentation and the medical history of people will be released to the public. She is inaccurate and wrong in her statement and it is inaccurate and wrong of her to attach that to me.

Senator Puplick —That is not a personal explanation.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! The honourable senator must keep to her personal explanation. The honourable senator is ranging too wide.

Senator CROWLEY —Thank you, Mr Acting Deputy President. It is difficult for me to separate these two issues because Senator Walters, in her wild claim, suggested that I was not a proper doctor and that I just call myself a doctor. I take this opportunity in the Senate to put the record straight about that and to suggest that if Senator Walters was wrong about that, people should be very cautious about whatever else she said.