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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 822


Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - Mr Speaker,I wish to make a personal explantion


Mr SPEAKER -Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr HAYDEN -Yes. I do not dispute the quote that the Leader of the Opposition made this morning when he was questioned by the 'Financial Review':

Would you abolish the Medibank scheme?

He answered:

It will depend on the extent to which the Medibank scheme had been imposed on the public.

That is what I quoted.


Mr Wilson - On the point of order, Mr Speaker -


Mr HAYDEN -The honourable member cannot take a point of order when I am making a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER - A point of order.


Mr Wilson - The Minister has indicated that he has been misrepresented. In which way does he claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I think the Chair is entitled to wait for two or three seconds to find out where the Minister has been misrepresented.


Mr HAYDEN -The Leader of the Opposition said, when questioned about his proposal to abolish Medibank:

It will depend on the extent to which the Medibank scheme had been imposed on the public.

That is a great retreat from his position only on Monday when he said-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister is making a personal explanation and he must state where he has been misrepresented.


Mr HAYDEN - Well, with respect to your position, Mr Speaker, I am pointing out how what I put forward this morning was consistent with the record available, and that to assert otherwise is a misrepresentation -


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister has to state where he has been misrepresented.


Mr HAYDEN -This is what I am trying to put to you, Mr Speaker, if I could ask you for some restraint. On Monday morning, however, the Leader of the Opposition was unequivocal on this. He said in his own -


Mr Nixon - Mr Speaker,on a point of order, the Minister is obviously debating the question and not pointing out where he has been misrepresented. I ask you, Mr Speaker, to bring him back to his own personal misrepresentation.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Chair will hear the Minister to see where he has been misrepresented.


Mr HAYDEN -The Leader of the Opposition said on Monday:

Almost everything the Labor Party has done we will undo'.

The ABC record then reports him as saying that he would pull down the proposed Medibank scheme. That is a very big retreat from what he is saying in the 'Australian Financial Review' this morning.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister will resume his seat.


Mr Anthony - I rise to order. Mr Speaker, this Minister is completely abusing the privileges of the House if you allow him to go on like that. You should take disciplinary action, Mr Speaker.







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