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Wednesday, 27 May 1998
Page: 3183

Senator BOURNE —by leave—I wish to make a brief personal explanation as I claim to have been misrepresented. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell, said at one point in relation to the sale of Aussat that the Democrats had voted for the sale of Aussat. If he checks Hansard of December 1990 he will find that the Democrats and former Senator Jo Vallentine were the only senators to vote against the sale of Aussat. He is probably thinking about the Aussat Repeal Bill, which was an appropriation bill as a consequence of the sale of Aussat. No vote was taken but the Democrats did indicate that we would reluctantly agree to the appropriation being made because the sale had already taken place.