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Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 657

Mr PEACOCK —I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —Is the honourable member seeking leave to make a personal explanation!

Mr PEACOCK —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr PEACOCK —Yes, indeed. I refer to remarks made by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke ) wherein he admitted that, on frequent occasions, he had supplemented his income by taking additional monies for the performance of his public and parliamentary duties and, by alleged analogy, referred to the fairly well canvassed situation of Mr Barry Simon who was once on my staff. I never denied it. It has been well canvassed that Mr Simon was financially assisted. I was not paid; nor have I been; nor will I ever charge for the performance of my parliamentary duties. The matters are just not analogous.

Secondly, I have to conclude, in reference to the answer that the Prime Minister gave, by noting his reference to the alleged inaccuracy of the evidence before the royal commission, thereby creating the precedent for us to refer to evidence given to the royal commission-

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member is entitled to explain where he is personally misrepresented but not to enter into debate.