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Monday, 23 March 1987
Page: 1284


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


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


Mr BLUNT —Yes, Madam Speaker, I was deliberately and irresponsibly misrepresented in the Parliament today by the Minister for Social Security (Mr Howe). Not only did he misrepresent me but also he misled the Australian people.


Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member will not accuse the Minister. Withdraw that.


Mr BLUNT —I withdraw that. Today in the House the Minister delivered some sort of diatribe quoting from a paper that he had apparently got hold of and which was apparently dated the end of 1986. He said that that paper suggested that the coalition parties would not--


Madam SPEAKER —Would the honourable member please show the Chair how he personally has been misrepresented. I have brought this to the attention of honourable members on numerous occasions. You cannot speak on behalf of the coalition in a personal explanation.


Mr BLUNT —The Minister referred to me by name, and I will get to that point. He suggested that the coalition parties would not index pensions and he then referred directly to me and suggested that I had not made a certain statement relating to the indexation of pensions. I draw to the Minister's attention my statement headed `Aged do badly under Labor' dated 3 March 1987 and read to him one relevant paragraph:

The Liberal and National parties maintain their commitment to abolish the assets test and to adjust pensions for changes in the cost of living.