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Tuesday, 2 June 1970

Mr FOSTER (Sturt) - I desire to take up only a small amount of the time of the House tonight. It will not take me very long to disprove the arguments that have been put forward by the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Corbett), who has just resumed his seat.

Mr Corbett - How modest can you bc?

Mr FOSTER - The modest member of Parliament who writes in the 'Australian Financial Review' is not on this side of the House. I rise to support the amendment which reads:

That all words after 'That' be omitted wilh a view to inserting the following words in place thereof: 'the technical evaluation and any cost benefit analyses carried out by the Commonwealth for the project near Bundaberg be made available to this House'.

The honourable member who has just resumed his seat and who is about to leave the chamber quoted extensively from a document which, I understand he admitted to the House, in fact was made available only to members of the Government parties. This is . the very point on which we members on this side of the House were critical during another debate that took place here this afternoon. We are expected to vote in this chamber on matters involving the expenditure of many millions of dollars with our heads completely in the sand, as far as the Government is concerned.' The Government has had some studies made of this project and of other projects. Indeed, on some other projects it has changed its mind from1 time' to time. I instance, of course, the Chowilla arid Dartmouth Dams. When we asked for reports oh those projects to be made available we were told that we were attempting to defeat the legislation. The whole approach of the Government is quite dishonest. The whole approach of the Government to water conservation is quite dishonest.

Mr Giles - Mr Speaker, I rise to order. I object to the phrase used by the honourable member for Sturt when he said that the Government's attitude was dishonest.

Mi SPEAKER-Order! There is no point of order.

Mr FOSTER - I say dishonest because honourable members opposite look at these matters from the , viewpoint of party quorums and party politics.

Mr Giles - We have not got faceless men.

Mr FOSTER - Seeing that the honourable member for Angas-

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