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Tuesday, 26 May 1987
Page: 3303

Mr SPENDER —Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr SPENDER —Yes, I do.

Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr SPENDER —On 14 May in this House, in the course of a debate concerning a procedural adjournment, the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Mr Young) stated:

Yesterday he took five points of order on one question and then he goes crook that the 20 busiest people in Australia-the Ministers of the Government-cannot sit here for another hour and listen to him take points of order.

I checked-I make no apology for taking points of order-the Hansard record for the day to which he referred. He said:

. . . five points of order on one question. . .

I in fact did not take five points of order on one question; I took one point of order only on one question. Either he was reckless as to the truth, or did not concern himself about the matter.