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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 430

Mr GRASSBY (Riverina) (Minister for Immigration) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr GRASSBY - Yes, I have been seriously misrepresented by the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Wentworth). The honourable member for Mackellar in this House a few moments ago stated that I had double-crossed my electors in relation to some matter, and I think he was referring to the former wine tax. I point out that such a claim, an intemperate and a somewhat dishonourable claim, is completely without foundation. I did campaign for the removal of the wine tax, and within a matter of weeks of the present Government coming to power that tax was removed as promised. It was very dishonourable for the honourable member to make the comments he made in this context. If it was any other honourable member involved I would ask him to withdraw and apologise.

Mr WENTWORTH(Mackellar) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr WENTWORTH - Yes. The Minister for Immigration (Mr Grassby) a moment ago said it was dishonourable for me to have made the remarks I made. What is dishonourable is something quite different. The Government did withdraw a tax, but it did so for the purpose of imposing something a great deal more onerous. That is what the doublecrossing is really about.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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