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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
Page: 2162


Senator Keeffe (Queensland) -by leave-I want to make a personal explanation before a vote is taken on the second reading. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Chaney) has accused me of being ready to put pen to paper about accusations I make on behalf of my constituents. I want to assure him that I have never made an accusation in this Parliament unless I have had documentary or very strong evidence to indicate that it is a fact. If the Minister has an explanation for this matter I will accept it, but the whispers to which he refers and the loud noises to which I am referring indicate that there are people on both sides of the fence who are fiddling these things. Now he wants me to name people specifically. I asked for an inquiry, but he dodged that issue. He has misrepresented what I said in the first place. I reiterate that I never make an accusation in this place or a personal attack on any one in particular -


Senator Bonner - Ho, ho!


Senator KEEFFE -Your friend holy Joh may have copped a bit of my voice from time to time.


The PRESIDENT - Order, Senator Keeffe.


Senator KEEFFE -Mr President,I had to answer that intejection. Mr Bjelke-Petersen happens to be Senator Bonner's close personal friend. I am sorry that the honourable senator interjected. I believe that if there are any problems at all, it is the responsibility of the Government to make sure that any breath of scandal does not survive.







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