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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
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Senator BJELKE-PETERSEN -by leave-Mr President, I claim to have been misrepresented. When I was not in the Senate yesterday Senator Crowley asked a question based on an item in the National Times regarding what I was reported to have said at the Gold Coast recently. I would have thought Senator Crowley would have been a member of the Senate for long enough now to know that one does not believe everything one reads in the papers.

Senator Withers —Do not read newspapers.

Senator BJELKE-PETERSEN —That might be a thought too, Senator Withers. I do not believe there was a representative from the National Times at the Rotary Club function when I was asked a question about women demonstrating at Pine Gap. I inform the Senate that I have never used a strap in my life, and neither has Joh ; not that I have hesitated to use a walloping hand just the same. So I cannot see any reason why it should be suggested that I would tell husbands to use the strap on their wives. However, I did say at that meeting that I felt the actions of some of the women at Pine Gap did reflect little credit on womanhood in general.

If I may be permitted I will make a few remarks about the comments of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans). I think when one becomes a member of the Senate one does need to have a good sense of humour. That has been my experience from time to time. I have listened on many occasions to rude remarks made in the Senate about various people. I feel that the type of remark made by the Attorney-General yesterday, such as 'The picture is that of the Premier shuffling in and out of the family cave', is not very nice from a person in the Attorney-General's position. I feel sure that if the Premier challenged him or some of the other people on the other side of the House to a brisk walk or a game of squash, he would beat them hands down. He would be right out in the lead just as-

The PRESIDENT —Order! The honourable senator is straying from her personal explanation.

Senator BJELKE-PETERSEN —Thank you. I just want to say, Mr President, in bringing my remarks to a conclusion, that the Premier would be right out in the lead in the same way as he is right out in the lead in Queensland. He showed the people that at the election on 22 October.