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Thursday, 5 April 2001
Page: 26515


Dr MARTIN (9:31 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended, as would prevent the Member for Cunningham moving forthwith:

(1) This House notes that:

(a) In an answer to a question on the Defence White Paper by the Minister for Defence on 8 March 2001 the Hansard Greens contained the following sentence:

“Are they going to undermine our capacity for the purchase of new combat aircraft carriers?”

(b) In the final version of the House Hansard of 8 March 2001, the answer from the Minister for Defence is recorded as:

“Are they going to undermine our capacity for the purchase of new combat aircraft?”

(c) The removal of the word “carriers” conveys a completely different meaning to the answer, which is contrary to House practice (see House of Representatives Practice, Third Edition, p. 573), where words can only be omitted if they do not change the substance or meaning of the answer.

(d) By the Minister's action he again demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge regarding the contents of the Defence White Paper.

(2) This House calls for the restoration of the word “carriers” to the Hansard record as a true and accurate report of the Minister for Defence's answer.

Mr Speaker, this man is doing a Billy McMahon. He is changing the Hansard report.

Motion (by Mr Hockey) put:

That the member be not further heard.