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Thursday, 8 June 1989
Page: 3742

Senator MICHAEL BAUME —by leave-Mr President, I wish to make a personal explanation. I am not trying to take over the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Employees Union of Australia. I have been off the grog for 18 months because of a medical problem. I have no interest in the matter. I have never had any discussions with any member of the liquor industries union, to my recollection. I have had no association, according to my recollection, with any member of the Liquor Industries Union. I have never met Mr Reeves. I have never had anything to do with him. I do not drive a top of the line Mazda. I am not in concert with any gang.

I am bemused at any suggestion that I have any motive in regard to a liquor industries union election. I can assure you, Mr President, that the issue I raised related to preselection for the Australian Labor Party. I have no interest in the liquor industries union elections. Whether I have any views on the matter of penalty rates is totally immaterial to what I have had to say. To bring that up in some endeavour to associate me with the liquor industries union is absolute nonsense. I am not party to any of the matters that Senator Morris spent most of his time discussing.