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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 322


Mr CLEARY —The honourable member for Calwell (Dr Theophanous) and others to my left have been at pains to remind us that the Labor Party is the party of social justice. In between, there has been much crowing about the stock market. Unfortunately, in and around Wills the price of shares is not a regular topic in the local pub or the lounge room.

  South-east of the electorate of the honourable member for Calwell, the defenders of Northland Secondary College are asking the government, in a spirit of reconciliation, to throw a few dollars its way. They are not having much luck. The Brunswick community child-care co-op is angry also. Brunswick, of course, has an unemployment rate of around 20 per cent and the child-care co-op survives because of volunteer labour.

  Being asked to find $50 a head for additional copies of the Quality Improvement and Accreditation Handbook is, they reckon, a bit rich—only slightly less than two weeks of home care allowance, by my mathematics.

  West Coburg Sports Club is trying to work out how it could be ranked category 2 by Minister Ros Kelly's department and be overlooked when a particular organisation ranked category 3 was granted $100,000. The latter organisation did not even specify the amount sought. What about the application for funding for a female sporting complex? You guessed it: ranked 2, but no funding. So much for the status of women. So much for social justice.