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Tuesday, 11 September 1984
Page: 990


Mr HOWARD —Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr HOWARD —I do.


Mr Duffy —Does this go on all day?


Mr HOWARD —As long as the Government keeps displaying the behaviour it did at Question Time, it will go on every day.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.


Mr HOWARD —The Treasurer (Mr Keating), in the course of his speech, made the statement that I had misled the House in making the claim that this year's Budget claimed a larger proportion of receipts as a percentage of gross domestic product than any other Budget since the end of World War II. He said that I was wrong in making that statement. He also went on to say that the Budget receipts of the last two Budgets that I brought down were a higher proportion of GDP than was the proportion of GDP claimed by Budget receipts in this year's Budget. A simple reference to page--


Mr Keating —Mr Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. This goes on with the honourable member for Bennelong every day. These are debating points.


Mr HOWARD —Because you cannot say anything without telling lies.


Mr Keating —No, they are a matter of record.


Mr HOWARD —It is your record; that is what I am saying.


Mr Keating —They are debating points.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The Treasurer will resume his seat. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has sought to make a personal explanation. On the basis of the Deputy Leader being misrepresented, I allowed him to proceed with his personal explanation. He is now getting very close to the point where he is introducing debating points. I suggest to him that he explain concisely where he has been misrepresented.


Mr HOWARD —I have been misrepresented to the extent that the Treasurer has said that I have misled the House in claiming that his Budget had a higher proportion of Budget receipts as a percentage of GDP. He is proved to be wrong by his own Budget Papers. I refer him to page 364 of Budget Paper No. l. At page 364, under the heading 'Budget Receipts' it is recorded that in 1984-85 it is estimated that Budget receipts as a proportion of gross domestic product-these are the Treasurer's figures; they are not mine-will be 27.9 per cent.

The Treasurer further claimed that this year's Budget receipts as a proportion of GDP were lower than the receipts of my last two Budgets. That, too, has been demonstrated to be wrong by his own table which records that in 1982-83 the figure was 27.2 per cent and in 1981-82 it was 27.3 per cent. When I went to Canterbury High School, 27.9 per cent was higher than 27.2 per cent or 27.3 per cent, and I think it still is. The Treasurer would have been so instructed at his school.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has made his point .


Mr HOWARD —The Treasurer's papers disprove his statement.