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Thursday, 18 November 2004
Page: 83

Senator BOSWELL (Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (3:34 PM) —I seek leave to make a brief personal explanation as I claim to have been misrepresented.

Leave granted.

Senator BOSWELL —Today's Australian Financial Review carries a story which reports me in the following terms:

He said newly elected Queensland Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce, who has publicly raised concerns about the Telstra sale, would back the government on all motions and bills brought to the Senate.

I did not say that. That story came out of an AAP story. While I asked for a qualification, it made that claim and that is obviously where the Australian Financial Review got the story. The AAP made a correction to that story, but the story still ran in the AFR. I did not make those statements and I wish to put that on the record. (Quorum formed)