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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 677

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) - Mr Deputy Speaker,I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drury)Order!Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr NIXON - Yes. Last night when speaking on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) the Minister for Gerrymander made the following

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honourable member to refer to the Minister by his correct title.

Mr NIXON - Yes, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly) last night, when talking about a gerrymander, made the following comments: . . not one member of the Country Party has ever won more than SO per cent of the primary votes before being elected to this Parliament. Of course they get more than SO per cent after the distribution of preferences, but not one Country Party member has ever gained a majority on the first count.

The Minister for Services and Property has time and time again been inaccurate. I point out that I have been elected on the first count, I think, on every occasion that I have been elected to this Parliament, which involves some 5 elections.

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