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Thursday, 9 December 1965

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Brimblecombe (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - Order! There is no substance in the point of order.

Mr COUTTS - As I was saying, I know that you, Sir, are interested, being a loyal Queenslander who wants to see the development of the State proceed. I am grateful to you for calling the House to order so that I can make myself heard. I found it difficult to hear myself in this most important debate on our development programme.

Queensland is the up and coming State of Australia. It has been found to be rich in minerals beyond the dreams of Aladdin and avarice. We have under almost the whole of the Fitzroy basin a bed of coal. In north Queensland where we 'are to develop the harbour at Weipa there are millions and millions of tons of bauxite in the red cliffs. They are just waiting for the shovels to go in and dig them out for transportation to Gladstone. What is left will be sent to other parts of the world. This project is a very worthwhile one. It will assist in the development of this most important part of north Queensland. I most enthusiastically support the proposition.

I feel that the Government could do much more to assist in the development of Queensland. As my friend from Leichhardt said earlier, and as I said in another debate, no grants are being made to Queensland for the development of this area. The money that is being made available for the development of this area is loan money on which interest will be payable. That is what is involved in the proposition before us this evening. 1 feel that this measure makes but a minor contribution. But perhaps that is all that is required at present. Perhaps the country is so rich that just a little aid in its development will enable it to blossom forth and ultimately become one of the premier industrial complexes of the Commonwealth. When that happens I hope that I shall be privileged still to be a member of the Commonwealth Parliament and to take satisfaction in the role that I have played in the development of this area. If I am, I shall be here with a clear conscience, knowing that I have played my role in extolling the virtues of the area and urging greater disbursement of funds there, while all those who sit opposite are as silent as the grave. Nobody on the Government side has supported me, but Queensland will develop despite the members of the Government parties.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General recommending appropriation announced.

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