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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 134

Mr PETER MORRIS (Minister for Transport) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Leo McLeay) —Does the Minister wish to make a personal explanation?

Mr PETER MORRIS —I do, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The Minister may proceed.

Mr PETER MORRIS —I am sorry if the honourable member for Cowper (Mr Nehl) feels that I have disappointed him; but, as he said, I deal only in the facts. The facts I quoted are those as put by him. He has had a campaign for the transfer of national highway status from the existing route, which goes through New England-through the electorate of the Leader of the National Party (Mr Sinclair) and that of the Deputy Leader of the National Party (Mr Hunt)-across to the Pacific Highway. The document which he has circulated--

Mr Tuckey —Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: When will we get to the point where the Minister has been misrepresented? We know thr rules relating to personal explanations. The Minister might make a statement.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for O'Connor will resume his seat. I am sure that the Minister is getting to his point. Some latitude was allowed to the honourable member for Cowper.

Mr PETER MORRIS —As I explained in my preamble, the fact is quite clear. If one looks at the statements and performance of the honourable member for Cowper on earlier occasions in respect of this matter, his objective is clear; namely, to change the status of the national highway from the existing route across to the Pacific Highway. This view is not shared by his colleagues. As he quoted from his document, I will also quote from it. The same paragraph 3 on page ii states:

First, the Pacific Highway could be removed from the Rural Arterial Road category and made a National Highway . . .

The honourable member knows the national highway route. He knows the import of this. He wrote it himself. It is very clear what he meant. His view is not shared by this Government, or by his colleagues.

Mr Tuckey —Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: The Minister sunk to argument--

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! There is no point of order.