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Tuesday, 26 February 1980
Page: 356


Mr SPEAKER -Before I call the honourable member for Blaxland (Mr Keating) I want to refer to a matter which was brought to my attention by the honourable member for Shortland (Mr Morris). I have forgotten my exact words but I either told him to cease prevaricating or told him not to prevaricate. He has drawn my attention to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. That gives several meanings for the word prevaricate. Principally it gives the meanings: To deviate from the path of duty, to go aside from the right course, method or mode of action. That was my meaning in using the term, as I have already explained to the honourable member for Shortland. He has pointed out to me that there is a meaning derived from the Latin which is used in law, according to the Oxford Dictionary, and which could lead a person about whom the term was used to be offended. I assure the honourable gentleman that that was not my intention. If I use the word in the future it will be in terms of the meaning which I attribute to it; that is, to deviate from the path of duty, as a member, or to go aside from the right course- as a member- method or mode of action.







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