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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16413


Mr HAWKER (3:05 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr HAWKER —Yes, I do.


Mr SPEAKER —The member for Wannon may proceed.


Mr HAWKER —Thank you. In the Financial Review of 22 May 2000, there was an article on page 4 headed, ```Novice” Federal MPs mix it with the RBA'. It began:

Reserve Bank governor Mr Ian Macfarlane will front a parliamentary committee today—but it is the performance of the committee itself, not of the RBA, which is increasingly being called into question.

It went on to say, naming me:

Mr Hawker admitted that committee members approach their task as novices rather than RBA inquisitors.

I believe this article is quite misleading and it takes points very much out of context. Clearly, the primary focus of the hearings is to make the Reserve Bank accountable, as was formally agreed between the Treasurer, Peter Costello, and the Reserve Bank in August 1996. Furthermore, on the question of the performance of the parliamentary committee at the hearing—


Mr SPEAKER —The member for Wannon must indicate where he has been misrepresented, not where a parliamentary committee has been misrepresented. I call the Manager of Opposition Business.

Honourable members interjecting


Mr SPEAKER —The Manager of Opposition Business has the call and is being denied the call by the Minister for Forestry and Conservation and by members on his own side, including the member for Maribyrnong, who ought to know better.