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Tuesday, 7 August 2001
Page: 29300

Mr BEAZLEY (Leader of the Opposition) (3:31 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr BEAZLEY —Thank you. I claim to have been misrepresented twice, first by the minister for education, who said that I opposed the expenditure of resources on new schools contained in his legislation. That is completely incorrect. We have said that we will support it—

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition has indicated where he was misrepresented.

Mr BEAZLEY —and a comparative amount to government schools.

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition cannot advance an argument. He has said where he has been misrepresented.

Mr BEAZLEY —That is all right; okay. The second is—

Mr SPEAKER —It is not a question of whether it is okay or not; it is a question of whether or not the standing orders are adhered to.

Mr BEAZLEY —I said two points. The second relates to the answer given by the Minister for Defence, in which he said that we intended to increase expenditure—

Mr Tuckey —You cannot do a personal explanation on that.

Mr BEAZLEY —He directed it at me, Wilson. He said that I intended to increase expenditures overall of the Commonwealth in what I have had to say about Defence. That is quite untrue. Under international accounting conventions, when you decide that your coast watch is a coastguard and a Defence auxiliary, the resources that go into it are counted as Defence expenditure. That is the point. You are an ignorant man.

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition is being granted more latitude than the standing orders allow and will resume his seat.