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Monday, 16 September 1985
Page: 585


Senator MacGIBBON(6.27) —Thank you, Mr Chairman, I accept your ruling on that quite cheerfully. During the second reading debate Senator Tate made the allegation that I used the expression `very seedy management' about the Corporation. I corrected him on that immediately because I found it to be a very offensive charge, and no doubt any employee of the Corporation would have found it even more offensive. Despite the support from everyone on this side of the chamber, Senator Tate persisted with it. It is now five days since that allegation was made and four days since the Hansard came out, and we have not had the courtesy of an apology from Senator Tate in the interim. I take the opportunity now of putting on the record that I did not make that allegation. The word I used was `senior' not `seedy' and I am sorry that Senator Tate misinterpreted me.