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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 1270

Mr ENDERBY (Australian Capital Territory) - Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr ENDERBY - Yes, I do. In the Australian Broadcasting Commission news broadcast this morning dealing with the incidents outside Parliament House this morning at about 1 o'clock I was reported as having said to the police that they were acting in a manner reminiscent of a police state. That is not true. I did not say that, although it can be easily understood how the journalist might have made the error. What I said was that from the way this Government was acting no-one could be blamed for thinking that the Government believed it was managing a police state. I went on to talk to the police about the importance of this Parliament and the need for better processes for the making of laws. I said to them that the rule of law, they themselves having such an important part to play -

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I think the honourable member has explained where he was misrepresented by the ABC. Does he claim that he was misrepresented by the police? If not, he will be out of order proceeding along this line.

Mr ENDERBY - No, I am endeavouring to say what I said, in contrast with what the ABC said I said. Surely I am entitled to say that.

Mr SPEAKER - Yes, you are entitled to do that, but you are not entitled to debate the matter and give further information.

Mr ENDERBY - No, I am not, Mr Speaker. I said to the police that there could be few more important things in the world than the rule of law. I said to the police that there could be few more important things than the proper functioning of this Parliament. I said to the police that there could be few more despicable things than what this Government was doing to this Parliament in abusing the Parliament by making laws in the way in which it had made and gazetted the Trespass on Commonwealth Lands Ordinance.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Is the honourable gentleman now speaking about the report on the ABC this morning?

Mr ENDERBY - The misrepresentation was that what I am relating now was left out.

Mr SPEAKER - Was this subject matter misrepresented on the ABC this morning?

Mr ENDERBY - Yes. I went on to stress that when a Labor government came to power it would see that the police were given better and more socially valuable duties to perform. I hope to repeat those messages to them tonight when I address a police association meeting.

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