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Thursday, 18 November 1976
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Mr BAUME (Macarthur) -Mr Speaker,I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented? If so he is entitled to make a personal explanation.

Mr BAUME - Yes.

Mr SPEAKER -I call the honourable member for Macarthur.

Mr BAUME - It was alleged incorrectly just now by the honourable member for Chifley (Mr Armitage) that I had 'not admitted it before'. He was relating to what one could call a temporary aberration on my part, the enthusiasm of youth, the time when I was a very good secretary of the Gordon Branch of the Australian Labor Party. What the honourable member said was totally untrue. Before my preselection for the Liberal Party I stated very clearly at that preselection meeting, and in fact in many meetings, that I had been a member of the Labor Party. In fact I put very strongly at such meetings that as a member of the Labor Party I had come to realise the dangers of the authoritative nature of that Party and for that reason I had left it.

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