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Monday, 10 September 2018
Page: 60


Mr DUTTON (DicksonMinister for Home Affairs) (15:12): I seek leave to make a personal representation, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER: Does the minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr DUTTON: Yes, I do.

The SPEAKER: The minister may proceed.

Mr DUTTON: I firstly want to say thank you very much to the Manager of Opposition Business for his statement. I appreciate him clarifying that matter once he saw the transcript. There was a second issue that he mentioned and made reference to earlier in the day—as has the member for Blair, and I've seen some media sites as well—which go to the statement I made this morning in relation to a question asked in March of this year by the member for Blair, where he made reference to media articles. The media articles to which he referred, I believe, related to an article in the SMH and in The Guardian that day, which made claims about au pairs being employed by me or by my wife or by my family. My wife has never employed a nanny or an au pair. It was clear in the question asked by the member for Blair that he was making reference to those particular media articles. That was the debate at the time in relation to the first false allegation around this visa issue. It was a false statement for the member for Blair to make then; it's false now. I would be happy for him to correct the record now.