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Wednesday, 13 August 2003
Page: 18431

Mr McMULLAN (5:00 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr McMULLAN —Yes, I do.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr McMULLAN —I was misrepresented today by the Leader of the House and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, who alleged first generally, and then specifically with respect to me, that people in this House had lied in relation to the question of ethanol and damage to vehicles. This is one of a series of allegations previously made by the Deputy Prime Minister, which I rejected and repudiated at that time, based on a totally tendentious article in the Sydney Morning Herald. I absolutely reject and repudiate the allegation. Every allegation which I raised came to me bona fides from constituents concerned, and I totally reject the scurrilous, repeated, unwarranted misrepresentation by the minister.