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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1864

Mr GRIFFITHS —Mr Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented.

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

Mr GRIFFITHS —Yes, Mr Speaker.

Mr SPEAKER —I call the honourable member for Maribyrnong.

Mr GRIFFITHS —The honourable member for Ryan (Mr Moore), at the outset of his comments, made certain accusations about me and my motives in terms of raising these matters. He also went on to claim that he had been personally misrepresented. In the very long discourse he has just completed without interruption he failed to show where he had been personally misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! As I explained to the honourable member for Ryan, an honourable member receives the call to allow him to explain where he has been personally misrepresented. I ask the honourable member to get to that point. I call the honourable member for Maribyrnong.

Mr GRIFFITHS —Thank you, Mr Speaker. I notice there was quite some latitude--

Mr SPEAKER —Order! If the honourable member starts to reflects on the Chair, he will be sat down again.

Mr GRIFFITHS —I was going to add, 'and rightfully so', because I think it was important that he should have some latitude to explain where he thought he was personally misrepresented. Can I simply say that the matters I raised are not, believe it or not, a reflection upon the honourable member. The matters I raised are matters of public record. They go to the very heart of the debate that has consumed this House for some time. I have some difficulty accepting an accusation that I am attacking anyone's integrity. I am simply repeating matters that are part of the public record. Thank you, Mr Speaker.