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Monday, 20 August 2001
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Mr SCIACCA (3:34 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr SCIACCA —Yes.


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr SCIACCA —During question time the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs mentioned, amongst other things, that Labor had a plan and that I had actually said something about ordering judges to do certain things with cases involving immigration matters. I can only presume that that reference was obtained from an article in the Australian on 30 July 2001, where I am quoted as saying:

Under the plan, the agreement of judges would be sought to expedite cases involving people in detention centres making claims for asylum.

That is hardly `ordering the judges', and I think that the minister should apologise for that misrepresentation.


Mr SPEAKER —The member for Bowman has indicated where he has been misrepresented.