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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Page: 8156

Mr MURPHY (Reid) (15:35): Mr Speaker, I seek to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr MURPHY: I do, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr MURPHY: Mr Speaker, on page 1 of today's Australian newspaper is a report on the ALP caucus's discussion yesterday on media ownership that states, inter alia, that my support for a public inquiry into the media was 'taken to advocate Labor support for Senator Brown's proposal'. News Limited, the ALP caucus, my constituents and the wider community have for many years been aware of my longstanding public campaign against the concentration of media ownership in Australia. I repudiate any suggestion by News Limited that I need Senator Bob Brown or the Greens to motivate me on this very important issue.