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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3058

Mr SPEAKER -At the time I gave a ruling, but apparently the purport of my ruling has not become clear to the honourable member for Capricornia. Therefore, I shall repeat it. The Minister for Trade and Resources (Mr Anthony) was answering a question in relation to a matter for which he is responsible and on which the right honourable gentleman took a decision. There was an interjection which, in my view, clearly made an implication against the right honourable gentleman that he had taken the decision for the purpose of benefit to some group with which he was associated. That was a reflection on him and it reflected on the reasons for his decision. Immediately afterwards the right honourable gentleman used terms to the effect that the Opposition feels guilty about the lack of exploration which occurred during its period in office. I do not see that that statement could in any way have any implication on the propriety, integrity, honesty or anything of that nature of any member of the Opposition.

Mr Keating - It was wrong, of course.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member for Blaxland interjects that it was wrong. I must assure the House that it is not for the Chair to decide whether a statement is right or wrong. That is a matter for debate. What I must do is ascertain that no unparliamentary language is used. That is my function and I have done it.

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