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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 323

Mr ROBERT BROWN —I want to endorse some of the comments that were made by the honourable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr Holding) earlier today. There has been a campaign on the part of the opposition to suggest that, as a result of the fact that Labor electorates were getting something in excess of conservative electorates for those sport grants and for sport allocations, there was necessarily something wrong with the program.

  There is something wrong with the distribution of services and facilities between the type of areas that those opposite represent and the type of areas that we represent. If there was not some sort of disparity between the volumes of money being allocated in grants to improve services and facilities between their electorates and electorates of the kind that I represent, I would want to know damn well why there was not.

  I cite one program in one area of my electorate, a relatively conservative voting area. Fortunately, most of the people in my electorate have great political perception because in every area over 50 per cent of them vote for us. That area tends to be fairly conservative. I do not ask, when people come along in my electorate, which way they vote when they put in applications for any of these programs.

  I supported this program, which was for facilities to provide access into the Watagan Mountains areas for people who were out touring. They are not the wage plug in the western suburbs of Sydney who are looking after their weekly domestic budget. They are people from the northern suburbs who are taking advantage of the opportunity to go there; and those facilities have been provided for them—not for the wage plug in my electorate.