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Thursday, 12 March 2009
Page: 2543

Mr PYNE (3:46 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr PYNE —Most grievously.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr PYNE —In question time today the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs suggested that I had this morning cast doubt over the efficacy of the 22 social security agreements that we have around the world. In fact, I said that we should have brought forward tax cuts to be spent in Australia rather than paying cash to people overseas who will not spend it in Australia. And, in fact, I helped negotiate the social security agreement with Greece.