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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1392


Senator MAGUIRE —by leave-I wish to make a personal explanation. Yesterday in the debate on the urgency motion moved by the Opposition, Senator Brownhill attributed remarks to me which I wish to repudiate utterly. He said that Senator Maguire and the Australian Labor Party said that it was only bad farmers who were in debt in the present circumstances in Australia. Senator Peter Baume then fanned those flames by interjecting:

Why don't we circulate Senator Maguire's words around the bush?

I utterly repudiate those words. I wish Senator Brownhill had listened carefully to what I said in that debate yesterday. On no occasion did I refer to either good or bad farmers being in debt in Australia. At page 1309 of Hansard, available this morning, it is quite clear that I expressed great concern about the impact of interest rates on the farming community at the present time.