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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 1267


Mr PEACOCK (Leader of the Opposition) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drummond) —Does the Leader of the Opposition claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr PEACOCK —Yes.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —He may proceed.


Mr PEACOCK —I listened with care to what the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) said in his personal explanation when he was critical of remarks made by me. I found it difficult to understand on what point it was that he was making a personal explanation, but I understand that he objected--


Mr Leo McLeay —Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: I understand that the Leader of the Opposition is claiming--


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Grayndler will resume his seat. I have not had the slightest opportunity to hear what the Leader of the Opposition is on about. I hope that the Leader of the Opposition will shortly come to the point.


Mr PEACOCK —I will come to the point straightaway. I was unable to understand what he was protesting about in my own remarks. I gather he was complaining that I had described him as a little crook.


Mr Young —On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: You were not in the chair at the time, but I remind the House that when the Leader of the Opposition made that remark in his speech he was requested by Mr Speaker to withdraw it, which he did.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —I fail to see where the misrepresentation has occurred.


Mr PEACOCK —That is what I understood.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —It has been pointed out by the Leader of the House that that is not the case.


Mr PEACOCK —I would not wish to misrepresent the Prime Minister. If he is not a little crook, he is a big crook in a little frame.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The Leader of the Opposition will withdraw those remarks.


Mr PEACOCK —Which one? That the Prime Minister is a big crook in a little frame?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will have some respect for the Chair. He will resume his seat. The Leader of the Opposition was asked to withdraw those remarks before, and I am asking him to withdraw them now. He will withdraw those remarks and not repeat them.


Mr PEACOCK —I will not repeat them. I withdraw the words used.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will now resume his seat.


Mr PEACOCK —Mr Deputy Speaker, I ask you to understand that I was not going to repeat those words. I wanted to make it clear that I was withdrawing them.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The Chair accepts that.


Mr PEACOCK —Thank you. I was withdrawing them. He transgresses our codes for gain; that is what he does.