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Monday, 31 March 1980
Page: 1196

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) -Mr President,I claim to have been misrepresented by the Leader of the Government in the Senate during Question Time.

The PRESIDENT - A personal misrepresentation?

Senator McLAREN - Yes, a personal misrepresentation. In answer to a question by Senator O 'Byrne today, and because of some interjections from this side, Senator Carrick claimed that all members of the Australia Labor Party supported violence. I want to place it on record that at no time during my life have I supported violence, nor will I ever. It is well known that the Australian Labor Party does not support violence, whether it be in war, peacetime or demonstrations. I think that it ill becomes Senator Carrick, of all people, to make accusations in this place against the Labor Party when he is on record for many years as having repeatedly accused members of the Labor Party of being corrupt, dishonest and deceitful. I have extracts from Hansard to prove this. Yet today he had the gall to move a motion to suspend one of our members, apart from misrepresenting me and other members of the Labor Party during Question Time. He repeatedly does this.

The PRESIDENT - I point out that the misrepresentation must apply to a senator individually, to a person who is referred to as a person and not on the broader sphere in reference to a party. Personal explanations may be made only when misrepresentation relates to individuals.

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