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Thursday, 18 April 1985
Page: 1400

Mr COHEN (Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Keogh) —Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr COHEN —Yes.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The Minister may proceed.

Mr COHEN —The Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock) made a remark that during the speech of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Hayden) I was asleep. I was not asleep; I was stretched out on the bench. Mr Deputy Speaker, I came in specifically to listen to the speech because of my long interest in the subject, as you well know. I followed every word of the Minister. I was stretched out. I was not asleep. The Leader of the Opposition interjected when I said 'Hear, hear', and then repeated that claim in his speech. I resent it very much, particularly on a subject which is so dear to my heart.