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Wednesday, 21 June 2000
Page: 17875

Mr ST CLAIR (3:20 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ST CLAIR —I do, Mr Speaker. Last night in this House the member for Batman made, during his speech, the following accusations:

... the member for New England—who I might say this evening used, in a shameless manner, the public purse in the House of Representatives to actually publicly advertise the sale of his prime mover. Mr Deputy Speaker, he clearly advertised the fact that he has been unable to sell his prime mover, using the House of Representatives and the public purse to make it very clear to the Australian public that he has a prime mover for sale.

This is my copy of the Hansard of my speech last night, where I said:

I have a great personal interest in the trucking industry, as many in this House know. I have spent many years myself driving trucks and still cannot bring myself to sell my prime mover ...

I would like to table those documents, if the House agrees.

Mr SPEAKER —I believe the member for New England has made his point. I think that any action to table Hansard would seem a little inconsistent with the normal course of events in the House—the Minister for Employment Services will excuse himself from the House.

Mr Abbott —I was just going to join my friend.

Mr SPEAKER —Minister!

The member for Warringah then withdrew from the chamber.

Mr Albanese interjecting—

Mr SPEAKER —I beg your pardon, the member for Grayndler! The member for Grayndler will apologise.

Mr Albanese —I apologise, Mr Speaker.

Mr Latham —On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Just for clarification, have you suspended the minister under a standing order in your ruling?

Mr SPEAKER —I have indeed.

Mr Latham —Thank you.