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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 632

Mr HUNT (Gwydir) - Mr Speaker,I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr HUNT - Yes, I do. I was misrepresented by the Minister for the Capital Territory (Mr Enderby). He implied in answer to a question from the honourable member for the Northern Territory (Mr Calder) that I had implied that I was opposed to the petrol price freeze in the Australian Capital Territory by expressing some concern about the ordinance that has been invoked in the Australian Capital Territory, the Prices Regulations Ordinance, to control petrol prices. I am not concerned principally whether the Minister's clumsy economic experiment on his Canberra guinea pigs works or not. Time will tell whether this economic experiment will reduce inflation or not. What I am concerned about, and what many others have been concerned about, is some of the provisions that apply in that Ordinance. It is not the Minister's fault but they do exist.

Mr Morrison - I rise on a point of order. I am not sure whether this is supposed to be a personal explanation or a statement, for which leave has not been given.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I ask the honourable member for Gwydir not to debate the question but just to explain' where he has been misrepresented.

Mr HUNT - I have been misrepresented because the implication was that I was opposed to the Ordinance because it freezes petrol prices. That is not true. I was concerned about certain repressive and regressive provisions of the Ordinance which the Minister has now indicated that he is prepared to rectify for the sake of human justice.

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