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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 622

Senator MICHAEL BAUME —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—


    (i)the dishonest repetition in the Australian newspaper by a Senate Cabinet Minister's ministerial adviser of his false claim that the Coalition voted against a motion congratulating Cathy Freeman `on the voices' but refused to call a division,

    (ii)that, on the contrary, there were no voices raised in opposition to the motion whatsoever, otherwise the acting Deputy President would have asked whether a division was required, and

    (iii)this enquiry was not made because no voices were raised in opposition, as the record clearly shows;

  (b)notes that Opposition speakers in the debate commended Cathy Freeman on her success and also on her carrying of the Aboriginal and Australian flags; and

  (c)calls on the Minister to reprimand his adviser and to instruct him not to misrepresent the proceedings of the Senate.