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Thursday, 8 September 1983
Page: 632


Mr TUCKEY(10.00) —Tonight I wish to speak on behalf of two students from the electorate of O'Connor who are present in the gallery at my invitation to look at the Parliament of Australia. I do this quite seriously because these young people do not often get the opportunity to see the Parliament of Australia or even their State Parliament function. One of the young people to whom I refer is Julie Grist of St Joseph's Secondary School in Albany.


Mr Holding —You cannot refer to strangers in the gallery.


Mr TUCKEY —I think it is quite improper for the honourable member to interject while I am making this speech. He should just go back and shut up.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member will continue.


Mr TUCKEY —That is fine. But I want honourable members to appreciate that I am about to deliver a speech written by two young Australians. I am about to deliver their maiden speeches; so I hope honourable members can do something about them.


Mr Wells —You have no material at all and you are just relying on interjections.


Mr TUCKEY —I have a lot of material written by these two Australians. Honourable members opposite do not seem to understand that. My purpose in speaking tonight is to deliver to this Parliament speeches written by two young Australians who have been in Canberra all this week and who I hope will return to my electorate with a better knowledge of how the Parliament works and how democracy operates within Australia. Consequently I will deliver to the Parliament, firstly, the speech written by Julie Grist, and then the speech written by Tina Arton from the Northam High School in my electorate. The speech I wish to deliver on behalf of Julie Grist is about Albany.

Albany is the oldest and most southerly town in Western Australia with the combined population of its town and shire totalling 22,000 persons. Its historical significance, scenic beauty and climate mean an unlimited potential for the area's largest industry, tourism. Last year $12.9m was made through tourism, and with the industry growing at a rate of 22 per cent each year, 1986 is expected to net $28.6m. Other industries in the town include woollen mills, a fish cannery, food processing works and a pet food manufacturer. Up to 1978 Albany was the only land-based whaling station in Australia. When whaling ceased in 1978, it was decided to turn the station into a museum. A recent State grant has made this possible.

Albany's Princess Royal Harbour ranks with Sydney and Rio De Janeiro as one of the best three harbours in the world. However, it is severely underutilised, having suffered from the centralisation of trade and industry away from the port to Fremantle. Albany will be remembered by Robert De Castella as the venue for his first marathon win. Albany has five secondary schools, nine primary schools, and a technical college. Julie attends St Joseph's College Secondary. St Joseph' s has classes for 720 children from kindergarten right through to Year 12. It is also one of the largest non-government employers in the area. St Joseph's offers 24 tertiary admittance examination subjects and conducts a very comprehensive work experience program. So far this year 55 students have used this program and worked in businesses in and around town or travelled to Perth when their chosen area was not available locally. St Joseph's participates regularly in all inter- school activities ranging from Saturday morning sports and carnivals, to debating. Last year St Joseph's was southern zone junior debating champion and senior runner up, and this year is senior champion. Northam, named by Governor Stirling after a town in England of the same name, is situated on the Avon River in the heart of the Avon Valley some 100 kilometres east of Perth.

I refer now to the speech written by Tina Arton of Northam High School who resides in Wundowie. Northam and the Avon Valley suffered the same growing pains as most communities. However this aside, Northam has matured into a town of some 9,000 and is the principal agricultural town in Western Australia. It is the hub of the central agricultural district with the main products being wheat, wool and meat. Northam has four primary schools, two junior high schools and one senior high school. Tina who attends the Northam Senior High School is one of approximately 300 pupils, some of whom board at government hostels. Pupils attend the schools from all around the district with some travelling up to three hours to and from school each day. A team from the Northam senior high school recently won the schoolboys country Australian Rules competition held in Perth. Secondary industry in Northam and surrounding areas include timber mills, brick works, plaster board manufacture and flour milling. It is also a major railway centre, boasting large marshalling yards, repair and maintenance work shops.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member's time has expired.