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Thursday, 10 March 1977

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

Mr KEATING - I do. In this week's edition of Nation Review under a heading 'Death Lobby Snows Labor' I have been grievously misrepresented. I shall read to the House the text of the misrepresentation. It relates to a public relations document which has been made available to that newspaper. The article reads:

The industry documents allege that a senior Labor member of Federal Parliament asked major mining companies in Australia to help him lobby the ALP's Federal conference.

It then goes on to say:

Paul Keating has made private appeals to mining company leaders for a more forceful publicity and promotional program in support of an Austraiian uranium industry.

He has said he fears that if the pro nuclear campaign loses momentum he and other moderates will have a difficult task in preventing the Perth conference from agreeing to a resolution banning all uranium mining. '

The reference made to me by International Public Relations is fictitious. I have never spoken to International Public Relations about uranium. This is an unfortunate example of yet another public relations company trafficking in speculation and gossip to justify the retainers paid to them by the industry that it represents. Nation Review, however, did have the courtesy to ring me before publication and printed my denial in the body of the story. For the information of honourable members, I never have asked any Australian company for help to lobby anyone, let alone to lobby the conference of my own Party. With Senator Button I drafted and successfully argued for the present policy of the Party. I am confident that the Australian Labor Party National Conference in Perth this year will adopt that policy. I certainly do not need any help in this issue and help from the uranium companies is the kind of help I can well do without.

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