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Wednesday, 27 May 1998
Page: 3183

Senator IAN CAMPBELL —by leave—I wish to make a brief personal explanation in relation to a speech that I think has been misunderstood. I would never seek to knowingly mislead or misrepresent anything that Senator Bourne says. I am sure that she would accept that on the face of it. But I did refer specifically to the repeal bill.

Senator Bourne —That's not the sale. You said we voted for the sale.

Senator IAN CAMPBELL —No, I did refer to that bill by name. I was grappling for the exact name but I did say the Aussat Repeal Bill. We can have an argument about whether or not that constitutes agreeing to a privatisation. Senator Bourne, I accept, on the face of it—

Senator Schacht —This is extraordinary! The minister at the table is filibustering.

Senator IAN CAMPBELL —I am not filibustering, I am making an explanation, in relation to a speech, under standing order 191, and that is that I specifically—

Senator Schacht interjecting

Senator IAN CAMPBELL —Through you, Mr Acting Deputy President—I will try to abide by the standing orders even if Senator Schacht cannot—I was quite specific about the bill I referred to. If Senator Bourne believes I have misrepresented the position of the Democrats, I fully accept her explanation.

Question put:

That the bills be now read a second time.