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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6297


Ms O'DWYER (Higgins) (15:19): Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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

Ms O'DWYER: I do.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Higgins has the call.

Ms O'DWYER: The Minister for Small Business, the member for Gorton, came into question time today and he claimed that I had misled the public and therefore the House over a photo that I posted on Twitter. The tweet said, 'A picture tells a thousand words.' The photo was of a small business person who was standing outside his shop. On his shop he had painted the sign 'Thanks Julia, closing down'. Unlike the Minister for Small Business, I am not afraid to meet with small business men and women.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Higgins needs to demonstrate where she has been misrepresented. This is not an opportunity for debate or we will diminish the ability for people to make personal explanations. The member for Higgins has the call.

Ms O'DWYER: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Honourable members interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member for Higgins has the call. The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The member for Higgins needs to show where she has been misrepresented and not debate or I will take action.

Ms O'DWYER: It goes to the point of the photo that has been raised in this place by the minister in question time: I specifically asked the small business owner why he had painted the sign on his store. He said the sign had been painted because of government policies to do with changes to Fair Work, to do with changes to the carbon—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Higgins will resume her seat. She is now debating the point. The discussion is now concluded.