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Tuesday, 4 March 1980
Page: 490


Senator PUPLICK (New South Wales) -I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.


Senator PUPLICK -In the Melbourne Age of 29 February 1980 there appears a report dealing with the debate on the Human Rights Commission Bill which, after analysing Senator Missen's strong criticisms of the Bill, goes on to say:

He is not the only critic of the commission. Senator Puplick, Mr Cotter, Senator Sheil, and Senator Walters say the commission is not needed.

Honourable senators will be aware that this entirely misrepresents my position on the legislation in question. I do not take the view that the Commission is not needed. Far from it, I believe it is absolutely needed. I share Senator Missen's criticism that far from being unnecessary the Commission should have been considerably more effective and powerful, its role should have been extended to allow it to look into abuses at a State level and the legislation should have provided for effective remedies and redress in the courts.

I accept the assurances of the journalist whose by-line appears, David Broadbent, that the story he sent off linked me with Senator Missen's criticisms and not the other way round. I hope that this personal explanation will also spare my colleagues Senator Walters and Senator Sheil from the necessity to show how they have been misrepresented by having my name linked with theirs in this matter.







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