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Thursday, 25 August 1983
Page: 273

Mr BILNEY —Mr Deputy Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drummond) —The honourable member for Kingston claims to have been misrepresented and seeks to make a personal explanation.

Mr BILNEY —Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. The honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Andrew) in his remarks referred to the fact that I appeared on a platform with the then shadow Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Kerin, in McLaren Vale during the election campaign. It is quite true that on that occasion I appeared on that platform. The promise was given to the wine industry that there would be no sales or excise taxes on wines. I regard that promise as being completely honoured as a result of this Budget. A great deal of misinformation was put about by people. I am not ascribing blame--

Mr MacKellar —I raise a point of order. I fail to see where the honourable member has been personally misrepresented in the explanation that he has so far given.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member for Kingston may continue, but I invite him to come to the point of his personal explanation.

Mr BILNEY —My point is simply that the honourable member for Wakefield seemed to imply that somehow I had misled the electorate of Kingston. I do not believe that the electorate was misled. I believe that the promise that I associated myself with has been completely honoured. I reject any implication that the Government has not honoured its obligations to the wine industry. Indeed, the wine industry in my area is very happy with what is being done.