Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Senator Tells How Bidgood Got It Wrong in Speech

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Senator Tells How Bidgood Got It Wrong in Speech

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Byline: Owen Jacques owen.jacques@dailymercury.com.au

MEMBER for Dawson James Bidgood has been accused of a new gaffe in Canberra, apparently speaking in detail and at length but on the wrong topic.

The claim has been made by the Opposition spokesman for Northern Australia, Ian Macdonald, who also lives in the Dawson electorate.

Senator Macdonald said Mr Bidgood spoke in parliament in favour of the "Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Medical Devices and Other Measures) Bill 2008".

"After naming the bill, Mr Bidgood stated that 'as a previous owner of two medical centres' he had seen first-hand the benefits that such a bill could provide and 'welcomed' the bill," Senator Macdonald said.

According to Senator Macdonald, Mr Bidgood then spoke for about eight minutes on the "The Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Measures No. 1) Bill 2009", a different bill actually passed 12 days earlier.

"Mr Bidgood made specific mention to items supposedly contained in the bill 11 times during his speech and in every case he was wrong," he said. …

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