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Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Page: 1884

Senator BONNER ( Queensland ) -by leaveDuring Question Time Senator McLaren, in asking a question of Senator Carrick, claimed that I had given a Dorothy Dixer to Senator Carrick yesterday in a question that I asked concerning drought concessions to graziers in Queensland and the Queensland Premier's statement reported in the Courier-Mail. He was quoted as having asked the Federal Government for tax concessions for graziers in drought-stricken areas in many parts of Australia. Never before in my life have my honesty and integrity been in question. It seems passing strange that the biggest mouthed and loosest tongued senator in this chamber, who constantly uses the privilege of this chamber to denigrate people outside, decided today to launch an attack on me. If Senator McLaren had taken time to read the question in its entirety, he would have realised that whilst I supported the Premier in his asking for tax concessions for graziers and people who are afflicted by drought, I also have become tired of Premiers and State governments continually asking for support from the Federal Government.

The PRESIDENT - Do not debate the matter.

Senator Grimes - Mr President,I raise a point of order. I believe the words of Senator Bonner in abusing Senator McLaren have nothing to do with any misrepresentation that he has presented to the Senate. I ask that he be required to state where he has been misrepresented so that it may be corrected and leave it at that.

The PRESIDENT - When misrepresentation is claimed no new material may be introduced and the matter must not be debated. Explain where you personally have been misrepresented, Senator Bonner.

Senator BONNER -Mr President,with all due respect, I was referring to the question that I asked yesterday that was claimed to be a Dorothy Dixer. I was explaining, how this question could not possibly have been a Dorothy Dixer. Whilst I asked the question concerning tax relief I, like many honourable senators here, am tired of the State governments and Premiers asking the Federal Government to do something when they are shirking their own responsibilities.

Senator Grimes - Mr President,with due respect, Senator Bonner is compounding his sins. I believe he should be sat down.

The PRESIDENT - Senator Bonnermay briefly refer to the fact that he has been misrepresented and that he was charged with asking a Dorothy Dix question. That is where his explanation of the misrepresentation should finish. It is his statement which the Senate accepts as the fact.

Senator BONNER - I thank the Senate and I thank you, Mr President, for this opportunity.

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