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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 718

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Speaker,I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable gentleman wish to make a personal explanation?

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes. The Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly) in this House, according to Hansard, has made the claim that not one member of the Australian

Country Party has ever won more than 50 per cent of the primary vote before being elected to this Parliament. He went on to say:

Of course they get more than 50 per cent after the distribution of preferences, but not one Country Party member has ever gained a majority on the first count.

I claim to have been misrepresented in this respect: As the member elected for the Division of Cowper I have obtained 50 per cent of the primary vote and I have been elected without a distribution of preferences, which is contrary to what was claimed to have occurred by the Minister for Services and Property. I wish to place this fact on record.

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