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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 3988

Mr ANTHONY (.Richmond) (Leader of the Australian Country Party) - Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr ANTHONY - Yes. The Minister for Labour deliberately and maliciously misrepresented me this morning. He said that except by way of frivolous interjection that I have never drawn attention to the unemployment situation in Lismore. I wish the House to know that I asked the Minister questions on this matter in September and that I wrote letters to him on 27 September and 17 October.

Indeed, I have sent him other information drawing his attention to the unemployment in Lismore and other country areas. I might say that I have not received satisfactory replies by the Minister to any of these matters. It is quite obvious that unemployed people in country areas are being given very low priority as far as corerspondence is concerned.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The right honourable gentleman is not in order in debating the unemployment situation. I think he has made his point.

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