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Tuesday, 2 June 1987
Page: 3768

Mr HAWKER —Madam Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr HAWKER —I do.

Madam SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr HAWKER —During an answer the Treasurer (Mr Keating) accused me of interjecting during a reply from his colleague the Minister for Health (Dr Blewett) to the effect that I was not concerned about those who could be worse off without Medicare because they were Labor voters. That is incorrect. During his reply the Minister also said that, according to Senator Michael Baume, five million people would be worse off without Medicare, and my interjection was that he would be worried that some of them may have been Labor voters.