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Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 658

Mr DAWKINS (Minister for Finance) —Mr Speaker-to use your correct title -I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —I call the Minister for Finance.

Mr DAWKINS —The honourable member for Wilmot (Mr Burr) in his personal explanation accused me of misrepresenting what he said. I will not resile one inch from the contents of my letter. The letter replied to what was a massive distortion of the total cost of the National Economic Summit Conference. I shall quote one sentence from the speech of the honourable member. He stated:

Liquor worth $113.78 was drunk by each person during the wind up party.

In fact, if he had closely scrutinised the letter, which was published in the Sydney Morning Herald in order to clarify and correct his distortions, he would have seen that the total cost per person for all meals and other associated costs was $143. So if they were able to consume nearly all of that amount in liquor on the last evening, not very much was left for the two meals, morning and afternoon tea for the four days of the Conference. In fact, the whole cost came to about $35 a day per head which is very much less than the honourable member gets as a daily allowance for being in Canberra while Parliament is sitting.