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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1317

Mr FOSTER (Sturt) - Mr Speaker.I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr FOSTER - Yes. During the course of the adjournment debate in this chamber last night, in my absence - I had approached my Party Whip because I had to return to Adelaide on a personal matter - in a somewhat delayed reply the Minister for Defence (Mr Fairbairn) addressed the House.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will not debate the subject. He will explain to the House where he has personally been misrepresented.

Mr FOSTER - Yes. I understand that last night the Minister for Defence referred to a speech which I had made during the adjournment debate last week and said that 1 had in fact stated that 'we can only suffer as a result of our association with the United States of America'. I suggest to the Minister that he should look at what I said last Thursday night. If he can find those words I would be pleased if he could show me them. I did not use those words during the course of my speech during the adjournment debate last week. Mr Speaker, I will let it go at that and ask you please to underline my name on the list of speakers for the adjournment debate tonight.

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