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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 213


Mr GILES (Angas) - I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr GILES - Yes, but only in one small detail. I thank the Government Whip for putting the matter in a cool and moderate fashion. Had the honourable member for Wide Bay not been talking with the Leader of the House he would have been aware of the situation. However, I am not complaining about that. I am complaining only about the statement of the Leader of the House that the matter had not been referred to him. I knew that it had been referred to him. That is my only cause for complaint. Apart from that, everything that the Government Whip has said is true, except that he did not go far enough. He will remember that I asked him: Is the Government going to allow 3, 4, 5 or 6 speakers on this matter?' These are the exact pairs of numbers that I used. It was never a' matter of 2 speakers but how many speakers we were going to float from this side. I thought my procedure of referring it through the honourable member for Wide Bay to the Leader of the House was correct because it was during question time and the Leader of the House looked busy at that time. I apologise if I have caused a storm in a teacup. The reason that I claim to be misrepresented - 'Hansard will show it tomorrow - is that the Leader of the House said that the matter had not been referred to him. It was referred to him.







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