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Wednesday, 31 May 2000
Page: 16685

Ms MACKLIN (2:58 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Health and Aged Care. Minister, isn't it a fact that your departmental head provided you with advice to issue a public clarification about the defect in the statutory declaration you have relied on for your MRI defence and for you to correct the parliamentary record? Can you now confirm that you told Mr Podger not to take any action to correct the public record, as reported in the Australian on 12 May? Given that your department refused to table this advice last week in Senate estimates, will you now table it? If not, isn't the Australian public entitled to believe that you are again not telling the truth?

Dr WOOLDRIDGE (Minister for Health and Aged Care) —As I recollect, I certainly did not say not to take any action. In fact, I think on the minute that the secretary had I physically wrote that I agreed, and asked for it to be tabled. So that completely contradicts what has been said.