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Thursday, 25 September 2008
Page: 66

Mr SULLIVAN (4:15 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr SULLIVAN —Most grievously, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr SULLIVAN —The member for North Sydney asked the Acting Prime Minister a question allegedly quoting from a speech I made in the House. But he selectively quoted me, and what he omitted in the same sentence was:

... so that the people in their electorates can look them in the eye and say, ‘Your actions in blocking government money have led to the loss of infrastructure in our electorates.’

I did not say that this would be a great way to handle the distribution of taxpayers’ money and I also pointed out that this was against government policy.