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Thursday, 21 August 2003
Page: 19243

Mr ANDREN (4:17 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr ANDREN —Yes, I do.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ANDREN —Yesterday in her contribution to the debate on the Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2003 the member for Dawson said:

It will be to the eternal shame of the Independents that they supported Saddam Hussein, and that will be used in the election against them.

This is clearly an outrageous slur. At no time in any speech in this place or in other comments have I supported Saddam Hussein. I have strongly supported UN sanction of any military involvement in Iraq—

The SPEAKER —The member for Calare is now advancing an argument.

Mr ANDREN —but I have condemned Saddam Hussein in the strongest terms. I request an apology and an unconditional withdrawal from the member.

The SPEAKER —The member for Calare cannot request an apology. He can indicate where he has been misrepresented.

Mr ANDREN —Additionally, on the AM program on ABC radio at 7.00 a.m. and 8.00 a.m. today the member for Dawson said:

... the Independents are opposed to border protection and they sided with Saddam Hussein. I don't think they have much respect.

Again, Mr Speaker, this was an egregious attack on my character and completely at odds with the facts.

The SPEAKER —The member for Calare has indicated where he has been misrepresented.