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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 392

Mr HOLDING (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation. I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —The Minister may proceed.

Mr HOLDING —I refer to the statement of the honourable member for O'Connor (Mr Tuckey) where, having referred to allegations in respect of the acts of the Standing Committee on Expenditure, to which your attention has been drawn, he went on to say-

On the other hand, the Chairman of the Committee is a Government member and, of course, the Minister is naturally closely associated with him. I do not think that the Minister needed to wait to see the report. Quite clearly he should have gotten that information and taken some action on it.

The implication in that is that there was some sort of complicity between the Chairman and myself.

Mr Tuckey —No, there is not.

Mr HOLDING —Well, that was clearly the implication, but if the honourable member says it is not, I will accept that. But also I will say this: When the report was published I wrote to the Chairman of the Committee asking him to forward me a copy of the report. He subsequently called upon me to point out the constitutional difficulties in which he found himself in that as the House had been prorogued he was not able to present the report. The statements made by the honourable member for O'Connor are without foundation and are typical of the contemptible smears that he continually makes of members of this place.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Minister should not have made that last remark.