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Thursday, 21 March 1985
Page: 677

Mr LEO McLEAY —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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


Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr LEO McLEAY —An article on page 4 of this morning's Sydney Morning Herald related to a report of the Stewart Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Activities of the Nugan Hand Group which was tabled yesterday. Every other paper in Australia got the report right. The Herald got it wrong. In what would seem to be a typographical error, the Herald reversed an allegation and make it read like one of Mr Justice Stewart's findings. Honourable members will appreciate that that places a substantially different slant on the report.

Mr Mildren —Sue them.

Mr LEO McLEAY —I thought of suing them but my legal advisers told me other parts of the paper had got it right. So I do not even have that option. I make the point that Mr Justice Stewart's findings, as they relate to me, are reported accurately in his report. The report in the Herald quite significantly is an inaccurate statement of what Mr Justice Stewart said and I draw that to the attention of the House in my own defence.