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Friday, 8 November 1985
Page: 1843

Senator BOSWELL —by leave-Mr Acting Deputy President, I wish to make a personal explanation. This morning I gave the following notice of motion:

That the Senate-

(a) notes with deep regret the demise of the Camelia restaurant, Brisbane's oldest licensed restaurant, which will close its doors at 12 noon today, may it `rest in peace';

(b) condemns the Federal Labor Government for its callous disregard for all small business, but in particular the restaurant and catering industry, whose members are suffering extreme financial hardship due to the Federal Government's taxation attack on the restaurant and catering industry;

(c) notes with concern the many jobs lost from the restaurant industry and that 1,500 young Queensland men and women employees have already been forced to join the dole queue;

(d) congratulates the Queensland restaurant and hospitality industry for their hard-fought campaign against the Federal Government's total disregard for restaurant owners that will be forced into bankruptcy and restaurant employees who will lose their livelihoods; and

(e) urges all small business organisations that have been affected by the Government's draconian tax legislation to take similar action to the Restaurant and Caterers Association--

Senator Walsh —Mr Acting Deputy President, I take a point of order. I ask you to rule on whether this is a personal explanation or just an attempt to get under the Standing Orders to indulge in a bit of vulgar propagandising.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Townley) —Order! Senator Boswell, I do think it might be more appropriate for you to do this once the Bill has been dealt with.

Senator BOSWELL —Mr Acting Deputy President, I will cease my reading of that notice of motion, but there is something very important that I wish to explain to the Senate urgently.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The Chair will listen to you for a short time.

Senator BOSWELL —After that notice of motion was put down Senator Jones rose and put down a notice of motion that pointed to mine being wrong. I have since received a vocadex from Mr James Allen, the proprietor of the Camelia Restaurant, which states that he has been misrepresented by the Parliament and the Senate and asks for the Senate's permission to set this matter straight. I have the message here.

Senator Walsh —Mr Acting Deputy President, I raise a point of order. As I understand it, the making of a personal explanation allows a senator who has been misrepresented, or who alleges he has been misrepresented, and not some private citizen, to explain how. If Senator Boswell is really worried about the restaurant industry in Queensland he should look at the legislation the Queensland Government proposes to pass, which would keep a lot of people-and possibly even some from this Parliament-outside restaurants which have a licence.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT — Order! Senator Boswell, I do not think this is the appropriate time for you to deal with this and I suggest you do it after Question Time.

Senator Boswell —On the point of order, Mr Acting Deputy President, I wish to state that it is my notice of motion and my personal explanation. I am the one who has been misrepresented.

Senator Tate —There is an appropriate time for it. What are you challenging the Chair for?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT — Order! Senator Tate, the matter is quite under the control of the Chair. Senator Boswell, I now rule that you should continue your discussion later in the day.