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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 107

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Leader of the Opposition) - Mr Speaker,I claim to have been misrepresented compulsively by the Prime Minister (Mr Malcolm Fraser).

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable gentleman wish to make a personal explanation?

Mr HAYDEN - Yes, I do. Yesterday, in conformity with what I have consistently said, I stated that an effective boycott of the Olympics could have a helpful, salutary effect on Russia. But it would have to be an effective boycott and that would in turn involve the vast majority of the nations of the world, including the powerful and significant ones of Western Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. In the event of that not happening- clearly it is not going to happenthere will not be an effective boycott. It is unfair and unjust for the Government to persevere with a policy which imposes a total burden of sacrifice and penalty upon young athletes but gives complete immunity, complete exemption to the profit makers in the community, one of whom happens to be a wealthy grazier who is the Prime Minister of this country.

Mr SPEAKER - The honourable gentleman is now arguing the issue.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker,if I could just make the point -

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

Mr Malcolm Fraser - Yes, Mr Speaker.

Mr SPEAKER -The right honourable gentleman wishes to make a personal explanation. He may proceed.

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