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Thursday, 27 May 2004
Page: 29388

Mr ZAHRA (2:51 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, do you recognise these comments made about Victorian Liberal Party Senate candidate Jim Forbes when he was the Liberal Party candidate for McMillan? `As a dairy farmer, teacher, former local councillor and father of three, Jim understands the concerns of local families and has the experience to be a strong voice for McMillan.'

The SPEAKER —The member for McMillan will come to his question.

Mr ZAHRA —And, Prime Minister, do you recognise the two people in this photograph? Prime Minister, given that these comments were made by you just 2½ years ago and that this photograph shows you and Jim Forbes, why is it that you indicated in question time yesterday that you did not know Jim Forbes but that you were relieved that he was in an unelectable position on the Liberal Party Senate ticket? Prime Minister, given Mr Forbes's unwarranted and insulting attack on the people of Mirboo North, which I mentioned yesterday, why don't you do us all a favour and get the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party to disendorse this bloke?

The SPEAKER —I have no intention of allowing questions of that nature, which produce a chorused response, to stand.