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Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 657

Mr HOWARD —I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member wish to make a personal explanation?


Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.

Mr HOWARD —During a very long answer the Prime Minsiter (Mr Hawke) claimed that in some way the stance that the Opposition and I in particular, by name, were taking on the alleged bottom of the harbour legislation now before the Parliament was hypocritical and inconsistent.

Government members-Hear, hear!

Mr HOWARD —Ah ha! Could I point out to the honourable gentlemen that the legislation which is now before the Parliament and which the Opposition is opposing was moved as an amendment to our legislation last year and was opposed on that occasion. Therefore, any charge of hypocrisy and inconsistency rests with the other side.

Mr SPEAKER Order! I remind honourable members that when they seek leave to make a personal explanation they should deal with a matter on which they personally have been misrepresented. If honourable members persist in using personal explanations for debating purposes, the practice will have to be stopped.