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Tuesday, 5 October 1971
Page: 1846


Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented by the matter about which he has spoken to me?


Mr HAYDEN - Yes, I claim to have been misrepresented by an article which appeared in the 'Daily Mirror' of 29th ultimo. It is headed 'Labour Favors 2- Child Family', lt misquotes some things which I said in response to an interview on the telephone and it misrepresents Labor Party policy. It states:

Mr Haydensaid Labor Party policy, approved at the last Federal conference in Launceston, favoured wider availability of contraceptives and abortion on demand.

I did not say that the Labor Party policy is for abortion on demand; it is not. In relation to those 2 points I quote the policy from the latest publication entitled 'Australian Labor Party Platform, Constitution and Rules'. At page 46, under the heading Pharmaceutical Benefits', it states:

That contraceptives, when prescribed by a doctor, be available on the free list of pharmaceutical benefits.

At page 42, under the heading 'Abortion Law Reform' it states:

This Conference recommends that the Party and its various groups such as the Parliamentary Parties should take a non-party attitude and vote according to their conscience on the issue of abortion law reform.

I specifically explained the point of conscience in this matter to the interviewer. Lastly, as I have mentioned, the newspaper article is headed 'Labor Favors 2-Child Family'. The Labor Party has no such policy. I specifically stressed this to the interviewer and indicated that any views which I personally may express on this matter were strictly personal views and would not in any way commit the Party.







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