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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6296


Ms JULIE BISHOP (CurtinDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:15): Madam Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Ms JULIE BISHOP: I do.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Ms JULIE BISHOP: In question time today the Prime Minister in an answer to a question from me said that I had misquoted the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and she said that I had misled the House as a result. I quote from page 27 of Hansard where the minister for immigration said on 29 May:

The application from Roy Hill came in—

Mr Dutton: Stop being a bully, Albo!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member for Dickson! The Leader of the House has the call.

Mr Albanese: I ask that that be withdrawn.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: To progress matters I am going to ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to indicate where she has been misrepresented.

Ms JULIE BISHOP: The Prime Minister said today that I had misquoted and thereby had misled the parliament, and I take that very seriously. There are two statements by the minister that I wish to read.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition cannot debate the issue; she can merely indicate where she has been misrepresented.

Honourable members interjecting

Ms JULIE BISHOP: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am showing where I was misrepresented. On page 27 it says:

The application from Roy Hill came in, as I recall it, in the few months after that. It was, perhaps, in early 2012 or late 2011. I updated—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat. The Leader of the House is seeking the call.

Mr Albanese: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will wait for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to sit down. I have got the call, so you have to sit down.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr Albanese: No, you just have to sit down.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will come quickly to where she has been misrepresented.

Mr Dutton: She has got the call!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Dickson is not assisting in any way, shape, size or form. The Leader of the House on a point of order.

Mr Albanese: The fact of the matter is that it cannot possibly be in order on a personal explanation to read Hansard. We all get Hansard. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition does not have to engage in this.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will come quickly to where she has been misrepresented and it might be difficult to prove when she is quoting from someone else's Hansard.

Ms JULIE BISHOP: I have been accused of misquoting and misleading, and that is a very serious allegation for the Prime Minister to make. I am proving this by reading that I did not misquote; in fact, I accurately quoted the minister because on two occasions—on pages 27 and 29 of the Hansard—he said he had updated the Productivity Committee of Cabinet informally in relation to this enterprise migration agreement. The Prime Minister has misled the House.