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Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Page: 30535


Mr ZAHRA (3:41 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


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


Mr ZAHRA —Yes—again.


Mr SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr ZAHRA —In the House this morning, the Minister for Forestry and Conservation said in relation to me:

The Labor member for McMillan has gone as far as to conduct a large public meeting designed to soften up workers for job losses.

Mr Speaker, you will recall that I have taken a personal explanation previously on exactly this point. I would ask you, Mr Speaker, what provisions might be available to you to require the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—


Mr SPEAKER —The member for McMillan—


Mr ZAHRA —to stop misleading the House.


Mr SPEAKER —The member for McMillan will not talk over the chair. I merely interrupt the member for McMillan to point out to him—and he may not be aware of this—that, to date, he has not indicated to me where he has been misrepresented. He has indicated the accusation made and he has not refuted the accusation. For that reason, I interrupted him. I would have thought that it was to assist him, not to be interrupted by him.


Mr ZAHRA —Thank you. I am always grateful for your assistance, Mr Speaker. The comment made by the Minister for Forestry and Conservation is, of course, wrong. The reason that I held that meeting was to provide information to timber workers, not to soften—


Mr SPEAKER —The member for McMillan will now resume his seat.