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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3160

Mr GRASSBY (Riverina) - Mr Speaker,

I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr GRASSBY - I was. I just want to clear up finally the misrepresentation of my position this morning by the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Sinclair) and the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Anthony) in an exchange in the cross benches. To put the Ministers clearly and definitely into the proper position I refer to the minutes, which I have here, of the meeting on 16th May of the Rural Resources Committee of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party in which it was resolved to suspend Standing Orders or to take equivalent action on the last day of sitting - if no action has been taken by the Government by that time - to debate the wine tax. We waited patiently for the Government to repent its sins. There was no prior knowledge. As a matter of fact, the only knowledge I had came slightly after 5 o'clock from the Press Gallery when I was informed that the cut in the excise had already been announced there. I took a very serious view of that.

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