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Thursday, 23 August 2001
Page: 30173


Mr STEPHEN SMITH (5:10 PM) —Mr Acting Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr STEPHEN SMITH —Yes.


Mr ACTING SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr STEPHEN SMITH —Thank you, Mr Acting Speaker. During question time the Minister for Finance and Administration asserted that I had attended the Macquarie Bank with my colleague the member for Melbourne for the purpose of discussing the further privatisation of Telstra. This allegation was first made by the Treasurer on October 2000. As I explained to the House on that day, and I repeat it today, this allegation is false and without foundation.