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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31535

Mr MARTYN EVANS (3:21 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr MARTYN EVANS —I do, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER —The member for Bonython may proceed.

Mr MARTYN EVANS —I am also a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, and I also claim that during today's question time the Minister for Foreign Affairs misrepresented me by claiming that the Leader of the Opposition had required Labor members of the treaties committee, who filed a dissenting report on the treaties committee's report in relation to the Australia-US free trade agreement, to vote in a certain way—that is, against supporting the treaty. That of course is not the case. I was not required to vote in a particular way in relation to the report, so I refute the allegation of the minister.