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Wednesday, 6 May 1987
Page: 2399

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —by leave-I claim to have been misrepresented. During Question Time I asked of Senator Button, who is now departing from the Senate-

Senator Button —No, I am not.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —Oh, Senator Button is not now leaving; his conscience has pricked him. I asked him a question about a piece of legislation that has been introduced into the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. The honourable senator suggested that my knowledge was based on newspaper articles. In fact, as I said in a supplementary question, I had a copy of the Bill. Senator Button first suggested that I was ill-informed, and when I said that I had a copy of the Bill he claimed that I was illiterate.

I seek leave to table a copy of the Bill, from which I was directly quoting. The fact that Senator Button called me illiterate is a reflection not only upon me, but also upon the United States House of Representatives and the Senate, as in each case the drafting and the wording of the Bill are identical.

Leave granted.