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Wednesday, 12 September 1973
Page: 905

Mr IAN ROBINSON (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honourable member for Wide Bay is becoming almost hysterical in his efforts to explain away his own dilemma. I just want to repeat to this House that he misrepresented me inasmuch as he said that I would recall his statement. I want to make it perfectly clear that I recall his statement clearly, but not in the way that he asserts I would. 1 recall his statement.

Mr Keogh - I rise to order, Mr Speaker. It is apparent that the honourable member for Cowper has not yet been able to come to the part where he has been misrepresented. It is probable that he is waiting for more than one Liberal member to be in the House, as there is only one present at the moment.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! There is no substance in the point of order.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I will proceed to make my explanation which I think I have made clear to the House but about which honourable members opposite are apparently so concerned that they continue to rise taking groundless points of order. The honourable member for Wide Bay, at the meeting to which he referred and which he alleged I would recall, said that under a Labor Government the dairy industry subsidy would be increased to a level of $40m. He knows this to be the truth. I have been misrepresented inasmuch as he has endeavoured to implicate me. I remember something quite different from and in fact directly opposite to what he has claimed in this House this afternoon.

Mir HANSEN (Wide Bay) - Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr HANSEN - Yes. I appeal to the memory of the honourable member for Cowper. Apparently it is not very reliable.

Mr McVeigh -It is a lot better than Fred Daly's. He cannot remember even for 24 hours.

Mr HANSEN - I told you on Sunday night that it is not the one that gets out of the box first that wins the race, so you get back in your box.

Mr McVeigh - It is not the one that tells lies.

Mr HANSEN - I ask that that remark be withdrawn. You said I was telling lies.

Mr McVeigh - No, no. Mr HANSEN - What did you say?

Mr McVeigh - I said that it is not the person who tells lies who becomes renowned for telling the truth.


Mr HANSEN - I have been misrepresented by the honourable member for Cowper and I challenge him or anyone else in his corner to show me any proof that I said that the Labor Party would increase the dairy subsidy to $40m a year. If he can do that I will give $40m - I do not have it - to any charity he likes to name. I claim to have been misrepresented by him because I never said it. His memory is obviously very poor. I will refresh his memory by asking him whether he remembers someone from the floor of the meeting asking me whether I referred to the Labor Party and the phasing out of the subsidy.

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