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Monday, 8 February 2010
Page: 622

Mr LAMING (3:46 PM) —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr LAMING —Yes, I do.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr LAMING —At the doors this morning I said very clearly that, with only 46 per cent of Australia’s current immigration intake finding jobs in skilled professions, the Australian population was highly unlikely to accept the current program. I actually complimented the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on reviewing this area and I think it is completely wrong to infer that I made any comment against skilled migration.

The SPEAKER —Whilst the member did not debate the personal explanation, he did not quite explain who uttered the misrepresentation, but I think we got the message.