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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2739

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

Mr HUNT - Yes. The Minister for Social Security (Mr Hayden), in a most ungenerous manner, misrepresented me in reply to my question by suggesting that I indicated or said in my question that the opening of offices of his Department in community centres would in fact overcome poverty. I never made any such suggestion but indicated that it would be a way of helping to overcome it. He quite deliberately misrepresented my question and I am very disgusted with his general attitude to answering questions in this place. In his whining, snarling way, he does not give any honourable member any credit for having sincerity in putting a question to him.

Mr Beazley - I rise on a point of order. Under the Standing Orders of the House an opportunity was extended to the honourable gentleman, as it should have been, to explain a misrepresentation. I ask whether it is in order for him to use the occasion to launch an attack.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! It is proper that no personal reflection should be cast upon any member of the House at any time, whether it be during a personal explanation, during the course of discussion or at any other time. I think that the honourable member for Gwydir might have contained himself a little more in his personal explanation.

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