"Prolific Twitterer Peter Phelps MLC has pulled his account, presumably after one outrageous Tweet too many. Phelps was reprimanded by Premier Barry O'Farrell in December for telling a Blue Mountains human rights lawyer to 'go f... yourself, commie'. He denied he was forced to stop tweeting. 'I offended someone and didn't even realise I was doing it. At that point, I realised it was time to get out.'" (All tweeted out, Sunday Telegraph, 2/9/12)
The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS [7.35 p.m.]: Senator Robert Ray was famous for saying, "A lie uncorrected takes on the patina of truth." In that vein I comment on an article by Jane Caro in last Sunday's Sun-Herald in which she states, "... he was quietly convinced by his brothers to retreat from Twitter altogether". That statement is completely and utterly false. My decision to terminate my Twitter account was mine and mine alone. I am particularly aggrieved by the fact that Ms Caro made no attempt, despite the fact that my telephone number and email address are readily available, to verify that assertion. That stands in contradistinction to a real journalist such as Barclay Crawford from the Sunday Telegraph, who did contact me and I was able to put on the record the true state of affairs. It is an unfortunate situation. I use this opportunity to correct the record. I terminated my Twitter account entirely of my own volition. I look forward to the correction in next Sunday's edition of the Sun-Herald.
[Time for debate expired.]
Question—That this House do now adjourn—put and resolved in the affirmative.
Motion agreed to.