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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 719


Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Services and Property) - I claim to have been misrepresented by the honourable member for Cowper.


Mr SPEAKER -Does the Minister wish to make a personal explanation?


Mr DALY - Yes. I remind the honourable member for Cowper that he is quoting from a proof or uncorrected copy of my speech last night. If he had been in the House earlier tonight and heard my explanation, he would have understood the position perfectly.


Mr McVeigh - We were here, and we heard what you said.


Mr DALY - I mentioned that the honourable member for Darling Downs got, I think, 17 per cent or 30 per cent of the primary votes.


Mr McVeigh - You do not know what you are talking about.


Mr DALY - He got 32 per cent of the primary votes. In my explanation tonight I said that the honourable member for Cowper got 48.49 per cent of the primary votes of the electors of Cowper who were enrolled at the last election. A similar comment applies to the honourable member for New England. In order that the honourable member for Cowper will know that my explanation is correct and that he has misrepresented me, I ask him to refer to the weekly Hansard as soon as it is available and then tender the appropriate apology to me.

Mr IANROBINSON (Cowper)- I rise to a point of order. As I understand the precedent which has been established in this House, a member has the right to claim to have been misrepresented by quoting from Hansard. I have quoted from the daily Hansard of

Wednesday, 29 August 1973. The Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly) now claims that he should be excused. (Quorum formed.) Accordingly, Mr Speaker, I ask for your ruling as to whether in future it will not be permissible for members to claim, under the Standing Orders, that they have been misrepresented, by referring to the daily Hansard. If this is the case, I believe that it is a very retrograde step and a loss of privilege in this House. By the time the corrected Hansard is printed it is too late, in most instances, to claim to have been misrepresented. Take, for example, the present situation. The House will rise tonight and will not reassemble until Tuesday week. I believe that it would be quite inconsistent for you, Mr Speaker, to accept the point which was taken by the Minister. I refer again to the substance of the misrepresentation. I draw attention to the fact that the Minister has used these words:

.   . not one member of the Country Party has ever won more than 50 per cent of the primary votes.

Of course-


Mr James - The time being after a quarter past 10 I move:

That the question be now put.

Question resolved in the negative.


Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I was referring to the words used by the Minister for Services and Property when he alleged that not one Country Party member had ever won more than 50 per cent of the primary votes cast. Well now, of course the words should have been: '50 per cent of the formal votes cast'. There is a distinct difference. If the Minister checks that against the figures which he has just quoted he will find that he has misrepresented


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honourable gentleman not to debate the question. I think the honourable member has made quite clear .the point he intended to make without debating the question.


Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Thank you, Mr Speaker. I conclude by saying that I have been misrepresented on a second count, the one to which I have just referred.







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