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Thursday, 28 May 1987
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Mr TUCKEY —Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr TUCKEY —Yes, I do.


Madam SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.


Mr TUCKEY —During the attempt of the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) at Question Time to make a joke of the human tragedy of approximately 8,000 low income Australians who have gone bankrupt--


Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member is out of order when he starts on that tack. The honourable member should tell me where he has been misrepresented.


Mr TUCKEY —I asked a question about the 8,000 people who have gone bankrupt and the Prime Minister laughed. I draw that to your attention, Madam Speaker.


Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member has told us. He will tell us where he has been misrepresented.


Mr TUCKEY —The Prime Minister called into doubt the figures I cited on the record level of bankruptcies now occurring under his economic management. The figures cited in my question--


Madam SPEAKER —Order! The Prime Minister did not call that into doubt. He said that he did not accept it. I think there is a difference.


Mr TUCKEY —No, he did not. He said that he did not believe it. I am about to tell you, Madam Speaker, where I have been misrepresented. The figures cited in my question were supplied by the Attorney-General's Department. If they are wrong, as the Prime Minister claims, it purely substantiates his Ministers' inability to balance the books or to lodge their tax returns.