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Tuesday, 16 October 1984
Page: 1701


Senator ARCHER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(1) Views with considerable concern, the failure of the Government-

(a) to honour the pre-election promise of the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, to upgrade the Wynyard airport to medium jet standard;

(b) to take due note of the report by the independent firm of Airport and Systems Design Australia Pty Ltd as to the need for such upgrading;

(c) to have its Tasmanian members in the Senate take an active part in keeping the Government informed of the needs of Tasmania and Tasmanian developments generally;

(d) through the Minister for Aviation to accept a statement that he was unaware of any justification for a review of the reneging, when in particular:

(i) South of Wynyard, there has been confirmation of the largest mineral deposit in Australia for some years,

(ii) the Tasmanian State Government has announced road development plans for the west coast that will substantially increase the ease of domestic, commercial and tourist traffic to the Wynyard airport,

(iii) Burnie has been confirmed as the major general cargo port for Tasmania, and

(iv) a new major fishing industry has been proposed for Burnie.

(e) to hand over money due to Tasmania from compensation funds and for a purpose approved and requested by the Tasmanian Government as being both necessary and desirable for Tasmania's development.

(2) Accepting that the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, says regularly that he is an honest man, still looks to him to honour a promise made without pressure, or to at least pay $3m, if he still will not meet his voluntary $6m commitment of February 1983.