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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
Page: 2761

Senator CRANE(11.07 a.m.) —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

Senator CRANE —There has been a complete misrepresentation of the facts, as far as I am concerned. I certainly said that I had a busy program. At no stage did I say that the minister did not want us to go to Sydney. Senator Conroy is now making up things on the run and I want to put the record straight. At no stage did I say that the committee did not want to go to Sydney.

Senator Conroy —You said that Sharp did not want us to go.

Senator CRANE —I did not; that is not true. I did not say that at any stage. I am sure that, if Senator Woodley was here, he would confirm I said that, considering the programs and the time available, it would be rational for us to consider choosing between Melbourne or Sydney or Perth or Adelaide.

I would not have considered any of those discussions that we had as private; they were part of attempts to progress this particular aspect. You know as well as I do in accepting that motion that Senator Bob Collins, who was there, said that the wording of the motion was a reasonable proposition which the government put forward.

So I claim to have been totally and absolutely misrepresented. At no stage did I say to you that Minister Sharp did not want us to go to Sydney.

Question resolved in the affirmative.