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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1365

Mr MACPHEE —Mr Speaker, I seek to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr MACPHEE —I do, Mr Speaker.

Mr SPEAKER —He may proceed.

Mr MACPHEE —The Age of 17 September purported to report details of a Liberal Party meeting to determine attitudes to a Bill by Senator Harradine to disallow a decision of the Remuneration Tribunal extending certain benefits of married spouses of politicians to de facto spouses. The report said that I was one of 11 Liberals who said that they would oppose the Bill. That report was incorrect and it misrepresented my position. I was, in fact, absent from the meeting at which the issue was discussed and therefore I could not have said the things attributed to me. Moreover, in prior discussions with colleagues I made it clear that I believed that it was wrong for the taxpayers to pay for overseas travel of spouses of politicians, whether de facto spouses or married.