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Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Page: 9032

Mr IRONS (Swan) (15:42): I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr IRONS: Definitely.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr IRONS: In the electronic version of the Australian today, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, wrote that, last week, it was Teresa Gambaro in Brisbane and, this week, Rowan Ramsey in WA and Steve Irons in South Australia asking why towns in their electorates are receiving state-of-the-art, next-generation satellite broadband services rather than fibre optic cable to their home or are not getting fibre rolled out quickly enough. Firstly, I am from Western Australia, not South Australia. Secondly, the minister should not mistake scrutiny of government election promises as a wastage of taxpayers' money or a support of government waste. Thirdly, the question I asked was on behalf of a constituent and was to expose another Labor election lie.