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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12506

Mr SLIPPER (FisherDeputy Speaker) (15:20): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr SLIPPER: Yes, by my old friends at the Sunshine Coast Daily.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr SLIPPER: In an article dated 19 October 2011 headlined 'MPs already have super benefits' the Sunshine Coast Daily pointed out that a colleague on the Sunshine Coast and I were unlikely to benefit from plans to award redundancy payments to members who lose their jobs or who fail to win preselection. Then they referred to the fact that we had been in the job for a number of years and that we were under the pre-existing superannuation payout. Certainly, to that extent, the report was accurate. The final paragraph, however, said:

Mr Slipper, who fought to have the super cuts applied to existing MPs in 2004, did not return the Daily's call.

While it is correct that I certainly did not return the Daily's call, and rarely do, it is inaccurate to say that I fought to have the super cuts applied to existing MPs in 2004, because I do not believe that it is appropriate that such a reform should be made in a retrospective manner.