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Thursday, 5 December 2013
Page: 1807

Ms KING (Ballarat) (15:16): I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the member believe that she has been misrepresented?

Ms KING: I do. In question time today the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development sought to claim that I had, after caretaker mode, signed off on funding for the Mackay junior soccer club. The facts are these: it is true that the previous government made a commitment in the 2010 election to fund the junior soccer club. I understand that there were significant issues with the project, and it took quite some time to negotiate contracts.

The SPEAKER: No. We are now going to argue. Just show where you are misrepresented.

Ms KING: So the department was undertaking contract negotiation—

The SPEAKER: Just show where it was—

Ms KING: Yes, of course. I was very keen to ensure the project went ahead and signed off on the project to make sure the funding flowed to ensure it was not cut.

The SPEAKER: Where was the misrepresentation? The member will resume her seat. If you wish to show where you are misrepresented, you must state what has been said and then you must show why it is wrong, not argue as to what you wanted to do or how you wanted to go about it. 'Was it or was it not signed after the caretaker period?' I guess is the answer.

Ms KING: I was just getting to that point. Thank you very much for your assistance.

The SPEAKER: Well, get there very quickly or you will resume your seat.

Ms KING: Thank you for your assistance, Madam Speaker. It was signed off prior to caretaker mode.

Mr Truss: Madam Speaker, I seek leave to table the letter from the Hon. Catherine King, and it is clearly dated 5 August 2013.

The SPEAKER: I give the call to the Deputy Prime Minister, and of course he may table the document.