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Monday, 8 February 2010
Page: 622

Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the Opposition) (3:44 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr ABBOTT —Most grievously, on two occasions in question time today.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ABBOTT —On the first occasion I was misrepresented by the Prime Minister who said repeatedly in question time today that I had (1) ripped money out of the public hospital system, (2) failed to increase GP training places and (3) failed to increase nurse training places. All three of these are absolute and total untruths. The second matter of misrepresentation was when the Treasurer in answering a question today claimed that I and indeed everyone on this side of the House had voted against the guarantee legislation. That is absolutely wrong. We supported it and he should not tell lies.

The SPEAKER —Order! The Leader of the Opposition will withdraw the last remark.

Mr ABBOTT —I withdraw, Mr Speaker.