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Friday, 5 October 1984
Page: 1771


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


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


Mr GOODLUCK —I do, Mr Speaker.


Mr SPEAKER —He may proceed.


Mr GOODLUCK —This morning the honourable member for Grayndler (Mr Leo McLeay), in attempting to move a notice of motion, grossly misrepresented me. Although the honourable member's notice of motion was twice ruled out of order the honourable member made allegations in the House which were broadcast and which I must now deny because that notice has been accepted. He suggested that I was the source of the rumour that the Tasmanian freight equalisation scheme would be abolished by the Government if re-elected.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! I remind the honourable member for Franklin that that notice of motion was ruled out of order. It does not stand as part of the proceedings of the House.


Mr GOODLUCK —Sir, with the greatest of respect, I have had calls from Hobart from people who said: 'Bruce, you never spread rumours'.


Mr SPEAKER —I accept the factor that the proceedings were being broadcast. I will allow the honourable member to proceed with his personal explanation.


Mr GOODLUCK —The honourable member for Grayndler suggested that I was the source of the rumour that the Tasmanian freight equalisation scheme would be abolished by the Government if re-elected. Mr Speaker, I deny absolutely that I started that rumour. The fact is that the rumour is widespread in Tasmania. Many leading businessmen are now worried that the Government wants to abolish this scheme.


Mr Peter Morris —This has been debated at length.


Mr GOODLUCK —The Minister started the rough stuff. He can try to take the mickey out of me as much as he likes but he will not.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Franklin will resume his seat. The Minister for Transport will cease interjecting. I remind the honourable member for Franklin that personal explanation is restricted to explaining where a member has been misrepresented. He has proceeded to debate the issue. If he continues I will have to sit him down.


Mr GOODLUCK —I am sorry, Mr Speaker, but this matter is terribly important.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! I remind the honourable member for Franklin that it is not for the Chair to judge what is important and what is not. It is for the Chair to allow honourable members the call under the practices and Standing Orders of the House. Indulgence is granted for a personal explanation where a member has been personally misrepresented. It does not allow him to debate an issue.


Mr GOODLUCK —I am sorry, Mr Speaker. I apologise to you. I was just trying to outline the steps. The honourable member for Grayndler went to great lengths--


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Franklin will resume his seat. He is defying the Chair.