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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3498

Mr TURNBULL (Leader of the Opposition) (3:50 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the Leader of the Opposition claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr TURNBULL —Yes, grievously.

The SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition may proceed.

Mr TURNBULL —Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Prime Minister said in question time that last Thursday I was ‘hiding’ and ‘in an abyss’. In fact, I was at the Parramatta Leagues Club, in the company of hundreds of other Australians, where I spoke at and supported the official launch of the Greater Western Sydney Red Shield Doorknock appeal of the Salvation Army, whose officers work selflessly to lift so many Australians out of an abyss of despair, poverty, abuse and addiction. Mr Speaker, if I may add, the doorknock appeal on 23 and 24 May deserves all of our support.