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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 645

Mr FITZGIBBON (3:31 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr FITZGIBBON —I do indeed, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr FITZGIBBON —On Friday, 11 February, Fairfax newspapers ran untrue and malicious stories about me which were entirely without foundation and which Justice Garling of the New South Wales Supreme Court described as ‘disgracefully misleading’. These stories were published despite the fact that I have commenced defamation proceedings against Fairfax. I will continue to energetically pursue Fairfax for substantial aggravated damages for the harm its journalists have done to both me and my family.