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Wednesday, 28 March 1984
Page: 816


Senator REID —by leave-I wish to make a personal explanation. The Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) suggested that I said that the Medicare levy deduction had been shown on my payslip but not on the payslip of my electoral assistant. The deduction was shown on neither pay slip. I was conveying that the deduction was not shown generally throughout the Public Service in accordance with the commitment made by the Government and that it ought to be shown on everybody's payslip.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding in the Senate about what a misrepresentation is. If someone makes a speech and a subsequent speaker in the same debate misrepresents or misunderstands what that honourable senator said, he or she is entitled as of right, if wishing to do so, subsequently to explain the nature of the misrepresentation. Any other allegations made in speeches about what happens elsewhere can be made only as a personal explanation by leave of the Senate. Honourable senators seem to be using those two procedures interchangeably. They are quite separate. One can be used as of right; the other requires the leave of the Senate.