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Wednesday, 31 May 2000
Page: 16684

Mr BEAZLEY (2:53 PM) —It was a very nice valedictory for his leader. Didn't you think so, Mr Speaker?

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will come to his question or lose the opportunity.

Mr BEAZLEY —I ask a question of the Minister for Health and Aged Care. Minister, do you recall saying on the AM program on 11 May, and on a number of other occasions, that the Auditor-General had a `clear view' of any impropriety in the MRI scan scam? Isn't it a fact that the Deputy Auditor-General told last week's Senate estimates committee:

There is no such statement in the report. The minister has obviously drawn that conclusion himself.

Minister, will you now withdraw your false claim that the Auditor-General cleared you? Doesn't this just show that you are willing to say anything and blame anyone to avoid your culpability?

Dr WOOLDRIDGE (Minister for Health and Aged Care) —I think you will find if you check the form of words I have used that the Auditor found no evidence of impropriety, and that is absolutely correct.