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Wednesday, 21 May 1980
Page: 2970

Mr JAMES (Hunter) -Mr Speaker,I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER - If the honourable member wishes to make a personal explanation he may proceed.

Mr JAMES -Thank you. The Leader of the House (Mr Viner) made a speech yesterday on the proposed 35-hour working week during which I interjected 'Rubbish! ' I intended the remark to relate to the whole of the Minister's speech, but the Minister quickly replied as reported at page 2906 of Hansard:

Those are the words of the Leader of the Opposition, with which apparently his colleague the honourable member for Hunter (Mr James) violently disagrees. The Leader of the Opposition went on -

Mr Viner - You called them rubbish.

Mr JAMES - That was in connection with the whole of the Minister's speech. If he knew the history of the northern coal mines he would think as I think with regard to shorter working hours for men in the bowels of the earth. However -

Mr Viner - I was only half way through my speech so it could not have been the whole speech.

Mr JAMES - There is a lot the Minister has not learned.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman is making a personal explanation. It is the custom of the House to listen in silence.

Mr JAMES - Any remarks that I made yesterday, or at any time, were not intended to reflect on my leader. I have complete faith in his honesty, integrity and competence as the leader of my Party.

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