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Tuesday, 19 June 2001
Page: 27871

Mr BEAZLEY (Leader of the Opposition) (3:26 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr BEAZLEY —Yes, I do.

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition may proceed.

Mr BEAZLEY —I was misrepresented by the Treasurer in question time. In the course of his remarks he stated that neither I nor the Labor Party nor our web site had ever said anything at any point in time about whether or not we would endorse, support or advocate a reintroduction of indexation of petrol excise. I do not know what particular web site he was searching—

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition must come to the point at which at which he has been misrepresented.

Mr BEAZLEY —I have a recollection of saying on numerous occasions we would not. Just for the Treasurer's edification, I am citing here from an ALP policy announcement on petrol from Simon Crean, shadow Treasurer, Labor Party web site, which went on on 4 March 2001, where a reporter challenged the Labor Party to guarantee a Labor government would not reintroduce automatic indexation of petrol prices.

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition must come succinctly to where he has been misrepresented

Mr BEAZLEY —It said:

Crean: And again on Thursday we said we would not.

Mr Beazley —Oh!

Mr SPEAKER —The Manager of Opposition Business, the Treasurer and the Leader of the Opposition might care to recall the remarks of the Manager of Opposition Business at the dispatch box earlier today when he called on me to exercise the standing orders impartially. All three of them would be at risk if I were to do so.