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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14888

Mr TANNER (4:36 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr TANNER —I do.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr TANNER —In the Sydney Morning Herald of 26 May this year, an article by Paul Sheehan headed `Cosgrove's too young, but there is another khaki option for G-G' states:

Tanner has expressed regret for his spectacular lapse of judgement in opening to public scrutiny the absurd accusation that the Governor-General was a rapist 40 years ago.

This follows on from previous false statements by the same alleged journalist—or right wing propagandist masquerading as a journalist—Paul Sheehan.

The SPEAKER —The member for Melbourne knows he has an obligation to come to the point at which he has been misrepresented.

Mr TANNER —For the record, I have not expressed any regret for my actions with respect to my questions on notice regarding the behaviour of the Governor-General, and nor do I accept any claim that these represented a lapse of judgment.