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Tuesday, 7 August 2001
Page: 29302


Dr MARTIN (3:39 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Dr MARTIN —Yes.


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Dr MARTIN —In question time today the Minister for Defence said that I had put out a press release suggesting that the Labor Party's policy, and my policy by implication, was to purchase a catamaran. He directly said that when I raised a point of order with you about other assertions that he had made, which I have taken personal explanations to refute on previous occasions. What I said in the press release was in reference to the decision taken to discontinue the Jervis Bay's service and was that in fact the Jervis Bay could have adequately carried out the functions that it was doing had the lease been extended. At no time have I ever suggested that it should be purchased, nor have I ever said that the Labor Party or I were in favour of that.