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Thursday, 17 September 1987
Page: 232


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


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


Mr PEACOCK —I do.


Madam SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.


Mr PEACOCK —In the Melbourne Herald dated 16 September-namely, yesterday-in an article headed `Catching Libs off balance', Ms Kate Legge makes a number of allegations about me which I will not bother referring to--


Mr Brumby —They are all true, Andrew.


Mr PEACOCK —I would not engage in that if I were the honourable member. He should listen to what is being said here.


Madam SPEAKER —I will not have any interruptions, thank you.


Mr PEACOCK —Among a number of allegations, Ms Legge alleges:

But instead of doing the rounds like a bloodhound, Mr Peacock hosted drinks in a parliamentary committee room for at least part of the night.

The clear implication of this article is that I did not do interviews with the Press, that I was attending a party after the Budget. I regard that as not only untrue, but also defamatory. There is a convention in this Parliament that after the Budget both the Treasurer and the shadow Treasurer host a function. From 8 p.m., after the Budget, until 11.10 p.m. I went from one side of the House to the other, on occasions with the Treasurer (Mr Keating), doing radio, television and newspaper interviews, including with the Melbourne Herald, at the request of Ms Legge. I broke off at 11.10 p.m. to attend the party and apologise for not having been there and remained for less than 20 minutes. There is no mention of this in the article, no mention of the convention regarding these functions and no mention that the Treasurer naturally and properly attended his function. As I say, the statement is untrue, it is biased and it is defamatory.