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Thursday, 20 October 1983
Page: 2019

Mr WELLS —I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr WELLS —I do.

Mr SPEAKER —Before I call the honourable member I point out that there is a custom in the House that unless a matter suddenly arises the Chair is warned that an honourable member wishes to make a personal explanation. I call the honourable member for Petrie.

Mr WELLS —Thank you, Mr Speaker. This morning in debate the honourable member for Ryan (Mr Moore) said that I was not a loyal Queenslander because I was critical of the economic competence and lack of managerial openness of the Bjelke-Petersen Government, in particular, in its failure to set up a public accounts committee. I make it clear that in a democratic country it is not disloyal to criticise a government of the day.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member is proceeding to argument. It is not a matter of where he has been personally misrepresented. Unless he gets quickly to the point on which he was personally misrepresented and corrects it he will have to resume his seat.

Mr WELLS —The personal misrepresentation was that I was disloyal in some way by acting in accordance with the democratic principle upon which this Parliament operates.

Mr SPEAKER —That is argument.