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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4861

The PRESIDENT (3:04 PM) —Yesterday, during the course of an answer being given by the Minister for Family and Community Services, the minister remarked to me that she thought I should have directed the withdrawal of an unparliamentary remark. Although I knew an interjection had been made, I was not sure of the precise words because of the noise of the general conversation across the chamber at the time, which I remind honourable senators on both sides is also in breach of standing orders. I have now had the opportunity to check the Hansard record, and the remark is clearly unparliamentary. I invite Senator Cook to withdraw the imputation he made at the time.