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Wednesday, 8 August 2001
Page: 29446

Miss JACKIE KELLY (Minister for Sport and Tourism) (3:33 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal representation.

Mr SPEAKER —Does the minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Miss JACKIE KELLY —Yes, I do.

Mr SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.

Miss JACKIE KELLY —Last night in the adjournment debate, Senator Hutchins popped up to defame me, as he usually does—

Mr SPEAKER —The minister must come to the point at which she has been misrepresented.

Miss JACKIE KELLY —Senator Hutchins claimed that I had arrived late on the scene regarding his prodigy's plan for mass housing on the north Penrith Army land in my electorate of Lindsay. I have been interested in this issue since 1997—

Mr SPEAKER —The minister must be aware of—

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr SPEAKER —I do not intend to broach any interruptions from those on my left, and I will deal instantly with anyone who further extends that discourtesy. The minister must be aware, as a minister, that she has an obligation to simply indicate where she has personally been misrepresented and indicate why she has been misrepresented, not to enter into any argument.

Miss JACKIE KELLY —I have been misrepresented because my opinion on that has been on the public record. I would like to table media articles dating back to 1999, where my opinion on this Army land and the fact that I have been in constant discussion and correspondence with Defence on this issue are on the public record.