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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1349


Mr NIXON (Gippsland) - I wish to make a personal explanation. Just prior to the honourable member for Blaxland speaking-


Mr SPEAKER - Order! Is the honourable member asking to make a personal explanation?


Mr NIXON - Yes.


Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr NIXON - I want to give some information. I seek leave.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member does not have the call.


Mr NIXON - I seek leave to make a statement.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! Is leave granted?


Mr Daly - No.


Mr SPEAKER - Leave is not granted.


Mr Gorton - I wish to make a statement relating to the report and the debate on it.


Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted?


Mr Daly - No.


Mr SPEAKER - Leave is not granted.


Mr Anthony - I take a point of order. The honourable member for Wide Bay has asked that I should in all decency reveal where this information came from. Two members of this House, both members of that Committee - the honourable member for Gippsland and the right honourable member for Higgins - have been trying to rise to say that they were told before the Committee that a report had been given to the Prime Minister.


Mr Gorton - I was not going to say that.


Mr Anthony - Weren't you? I am sorry.

Mr NIXON(Gippsland) - I wish to make a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr NIXON - Yes.


Dr Gun - By his own Leader.


Mr NIXON - Not by my own Leader at all: by imputation. As a member of the Committee I have been misrepresented in the discussion that went on as to whether or not information had been given to the Prime Minister about the Committee's discussions. It is true to say that information was proposed to be given to the Prime Minister on a number of occasions by the Chairman of SubCommittee B. Whether he gave the Prime Minister that information - he said he was going to do so - only he and the Prime Minister can state.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! That is not a personal explanation. I intend to take action under the Standing Orders if honourable members are going to abuse the opportunity to make personal explanations and make them a debating point. In future I intend to adhere very strictly to that point. I will certainly take action. Honourable members are making a farce of the situation by making personal explanations and debating the point.







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