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Mr Hodgman remarks on Neil Batt



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"Neil Batt should not inflict himself again on the State'Parliament -

he has been there and done that! If he really wants to try to get back

into Politics - why doesn't he have a crack at me for the seat of Denison

at the next Federal Election," the Federal Member for Denison Mr. Michael

dgman Q.C., M.H.R. said today. . .

With these words Mr. Hodgman effectively challenged Mr. Batt to

contest the Federal seat of Denison for the A.L.P. at the next House of '

Representatives Election. . ■ ' -

"I am not at all scared of Mr. Batt - so the .question must be -

'Is he scared of Michael Hodgman?'. If Mr. Batt is so certain that he is

really wanted back in Tasmanian Politics, why won't he have a go at

Denison in the House of Representatives?" Mr. Hodgman asked. -

Mr. Hodgman pointed out that Mr. Batt's first choice for politics .

was the House of Representatives.

"He stood against Adrian Gibson (Lib.) for Denison - and was beaten.

~ would like to know if Neil has the guts to stand against me in 1987.

It would make Denison the glamour seat for the whole Federal Election.

I am willing to have it out with him - is he willing to take me on?"

Mr. Hodgman said.

Mr. Hodgman said that if Mr. Batt 'chickenedrout' of a fight for

Denison in the House of Representatives, it would indicate that Mr. Batt's

welcome back to Tasmanian politics was 'not as warm as he would have us

believe'.

ENDS '

15 March 1985

Hobart . .