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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4462

Mr BENNETT (Swan) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock)Doesthe honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr BENNETT - I claim to have been misrepresented by an article published in the 'Daily News' of 2nd December headed MP: Too Many Pauper Migrants'. The report is so abbreviated from the Hansard that it gives the impression that I was criticising the actual migrants themselves when in fact the Hansard shows I was requesting an inquiry into the matter of hardship, housing and employment security and an assurance on these matters to be given to migrants. Further the article indicated that I had said that by bringing these people to Australia the Government was damaging the country's international reputation. In fact the Hansard shows that I said:

These are real problems which not only are causing damage to our international reputation.

I was referring to comments 1 had previously made in my speech to wrong information given to intending and actual migrants by official Australian sources. In no way did my speech reflect on the actual migrants, who have my complete sympathy and support.

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