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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 42

Mr ALBANESE (3:21 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ALBANESE —Yesterday on the Insiders program Michael O'Connor of the forestry division of the CFMEU stated that I called members of his union `vandals' during an interview on the AM program. This is not true. I have respect for all workers and have never criticised workers for doing the job they are paid to do. Companies and politicians, not individual workers, determine environmental practices.