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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4435


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


Mr COATES - Yes. I was misrepresented by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) when he/ came into the House before dinner and, without informing me, accused me and the other Tasmanian members of authorising an advertisement which contained an untrue statement. I did authorise an advertisement, which read as follows:

In Saturday's referendum on prices and incomes, vote Yes. Yonr Yes vote will help in the fight against inflation.

Remember the Liberal Party Government only tackled inflation by deliberately creating massive unemployment.

Labor will not do this. Thus, the Australian Government needs your help to fight inflation in a fair and balanced way.

So vote Yes on Saturday.

The accusation is false because the statement in the advertisement is true. In August 1971 the unemployment figures were about 61,000. The Snedden Budget of August 1971 then created unemployment in a calculated way. In November 1971 the figure was about 85,000; in December 1971 it was up to about 120,000-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman is not allowed to go into the details now. He may state only where he has been misrepresented.


Mr COATES - I am trying to show that the statement was made in good faith and was based on fact. May I just quote a couple of paragraphs from the 'Australian' newspaper?


Mr Fox - I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The honourable member obviously is debating the question. He has gone beyond the bounds of a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honourable member for Denison to explain where he has been misrepresented.


Mr COATES - I want to prove this point by quoting a couple of paragraphs from the Australian* of 22 January 1972, referring to a statement by the then Federal Treasurer, the present Leader of the Opposition.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman is not entitled to make a full debate of the question. I think that he has made his point of explanation. He is not allowed to go any further.


Mr COATES - I seek leave to have it incorporated in Hansard.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman may not debate what happened in the past. The only thing he is concerned about is where he was misrepresented. 'If one wanted to make analogies with what has been said, one could go on for half an hour. That is not the point. The point is that the honourable gentleman must make his personal explanation.


Mr COATES - I have proof of the fact that it was a true statement, which it is necessary to present to show that the statement by the

Leader of the Opposition was untrue. I would just like to quote a couple of paragraphs from-


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable gentleman is not in order.


Mr COATES - I seek leave to have it incorporated in Hansard.


Mr SPEAKER - That is up to the Opposition. Is leave granted?


Mr Katter - No.


Mr SPEAKER - Leave is not granted.







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