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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 775

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

Mr GARLAND - Yes. I claim to have been misrepresented twice in the grievance debate held on Thursday of the last sitting week. During the general debate on the motion to note grievances 1 was engaged in citing examples of the evasion, misrepresentation and treatment of Parliament and members of Parliament with contempt, by the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam), the Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron), the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) and the Minister for Secondary Industry (Dr J. F. Cairns). I think that that list adequately covers the matter.

Firstly, you, Mr Speaker, referred at tha conclusion of my remarks to the fact that it is within the province of a Minister during question time to answer a question as he thinks fit. As will be seen from Hansard, of all the examples I cited I referred only briefly to questions without notice, and even then criticised those Ministers for lack of responsiveness, the employment of evasion and peremptoriness. At no time did I suggest that the Standing Orders had been breached. Secondly, I briefly state that the Leader of the House then rose and, in the guise of taking a point of order, commented about the answers I had given when I was a Minister. If he cares to consult Hansard he will find my answers to have been prompt and fully responsive. I do not think the Leader of the House was aware at the time of that. His comment was entirely malicious.

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