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Tuesday, 11 October 1983
Page: 1551

Mr HAYDEN (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented in a most grievous fashion in the course of the speech by the honourable member for Bass (Mr Newman).

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Does the honourable member wish to make a personal explanation?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr HAYDEN —The honourable member for Bass re-stated what has already appeared in some newspapers, that is, that the Malaysian Minister for Foreign Affairs-I am sorry; but the honourable member for Canning (Ms Fatin) was right the first time -walked out of the United Nations chamber in the course of my speech. I am not terribly moved when people walk out in the course of speeches that I deliver; I have had that experience many times in this Parliament. However, on this occasion I had not noted that the Malaysian Foreign Minister had departed. I discovered it at a luncheon when I sat down beside him. As always he proved to be a cordial and gregarious companion. He immediately apologised that he had had to leave-the debate went longer than was scheduled-to go to the luncheon. Up to that point he had been if not fascinated by at least interested in my speech. He obviously made some criticism about the presentation concerning Kampuchea. The only reason I mention this matter is not so much to upbraid or to confront the honourable member for Bass but to put the record straight. The newspaper report, like so many in that period, was just straight fiction-and mischievous fiction.