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Wednesday, 10 November 1976

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


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member may proceed.

Mr BAILLIEU -During the adjournment debate last Thursday and in a letter addressed to you, Mr Speaker, the honourable member for Hunter (Mr James) misrepresented me on a number of points. In accordance with my response to the letter, I take this first opportunity to make a personal explanation. The honourable member for Hunter first alleged that during a division in the House I opened and read documents left on his table. The claim is totally untrue. My recollection is that there were papers on the table in front of his seat. In the course of the division I may have glanced at the uppermost paper. If I did so I do not recall the contents thereof. I did not make notes relating to the paper. During the division referred to I did make notes on a daily Hansard relating to a debate in which I participated that day. The notes in no way referred to any document on the honourable member's table. The allegations reflect on my personal integrity in a manner which I regard as reprehensible. I repeat that, apart from an inadvertent glance at whatever may have been uppermost on the table, the allegations are totally untrue.

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