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Tuesday, 8 November 1983
Page: 2437


Mr GOODLUCK(10.58) —I suppose that it has been an interesting evening . We have heard all about the left wing tonight. I must say that it is a little more tenacious than it has been in the past. At least it has the fortitude to say what it thinks. One cannot be nasty about that. I have nothing against the Minister for Science and Technology (Mr Barry Jones), but today I thought he started something that needed answering. He started to make comparisons about Liberal and Labor electorates. I interrupted him. I think Dorian Gray mentioned something about giving me a bit of a serve at the time. It started me thinking about the five seats in Tasmania. I thought that the Liberal Party does not use its members in Tasmania as wisely as it should. Everybody thinks that, just because we talk about apples and things such as that we are parochial and we are not deep thinkers. But we are deep thinkers. I interrupted the Minister today and I said: 'What about Franklin?' The point that I was making-I think my good colleagues the honourable member for Braddon (Mr Groom) and the honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman) would agree-is that Franklin is a blue ribbon Labor seat. There are many underprivileged people in my electorate as there are in Braddon and Denison. Tasmania is no different from any other part of Australia. But we have been able to win it because we never think of people as rich and poor, or as coming from poor Catholic schools or from state schools. We never think like that.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! It being 11 p.m., the debate is interrupted.


Mr John Brown —I require that the debate be extended.


Mr SPEAKER —The debate may continue until 11.10 p.m.