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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2242

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ENDERBY - Yes. On Sunday last an article appeared in a throw-away Canberra newspaper which calls itself the 'Sunday Post'. The article was headed 'Minister involved in Land Deal'. The article referred to me and it was a scurrilous and malicious attack which consisted almost entirely of lies, false statements and malicious innuendoes. The truth of the matter is that for some years, from well before I entered Parliament, I have engaged in farming as a part time and pleasant enterprise.

Mr Hunt - I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. I read in the newspaper this morning that the Minister has taken out a writ against the paper, so would not this matter be sub judice?

Mr SPEAKER - No, not until the matter goes before the court.

Mr ENDERBY - The article misrepresented that simple situation. It deliberately and wickedly distorted it and added some gross lies in the process. For the record I should add that on 5 February 1973 I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) informing him of my farming activities and also urging again what I had urged consistently for some time, namely, that everything possible be done to freeze the price of land which surrounds the Australian Capital Territory. The article was referred to in the Senate yesterday. I should say at this stage that within half an hour of reading the article I gave instructions to my solicitors to sue in respect of the libel.

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