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Wednesday, 13 November 1985
Page: 2110

Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy) —Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a personal explanation. I claim to have been misrepresented.

Leave granted.

Senator GARETH EVANS —Senator Missen has taken certain liberties with me in his reply to this debate. I do not mean that he has taken liberties with my person but with my contribution to the debate. I make it clear for the record that I am not in the slightest bit cheerful about the imminent demise of this amendment to these regulations. In fact, I am devastated. I am as devastated as I would be by the impending defeat of any Government policy. I further take odds with Senator Missen's characterisation of my speech as short, an attack that was as extraordinary as, indeed, it was unfamiliar. I think readers of or listeners to my speech would acknowledge that the speech, while not excessively long, was of moderate dimensions but quite finely tailored and constructed to meet in succinct ambit the extremely insubstantial character of Senator Missen's initial contribution to the debate.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Missen's) be agreed to.