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Tuesday, 3 December 1985
Page: 2801

Senator WALTERS —by leave-Mr Acting Deputy President, I claim to have been misrepresented. Because I did not want to take up the half hour for debate on Government Papers, I left my explanation until now. As I said when I first started I had, indeed, looked at the 10 points that the Government has put and not one of those 10 points refers in any way to women who are in the home.

Senator Ryan —I raise a point of order. The honourable senator is not making an explanation concerning a misrepresentation; she is arguing the case, which she had ample opportunity to do earlier.

Senator Peter Baume —I wish to speak to the point of order. I have not heard enough of what Senator Walters is saying to know whether that is correct. I do not think it is fair to take a point of order so quickly. She should be given a fair go.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT — Order! There is no point of order. At this stage I have not heard enough myself, but I ask Senator Walters to put her case and finish.

Senator WALTERS —I do not intend to debate it. I purely wish to say that if honourable senators read the statement put down by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) they will find that in those 10 points there is no reference to the women at home, and that is what I am referring to.