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Wednesday, 10 November 1971
Page: 3298


Mr CALDER (Northern Territory) - I would like to put the record straight concerning a few remarks which have been made by members of the Australian Labor Party who visited the Northern Territory recently. I refer particularly to the honourable member for Prospect (Dr Klugman). I am glad to see that he is in the chamber. I refer to the question he asked the Minister for the Interior on Sth October concerning meningitis. The question implied that a drilling rig was available at Napperby Station but was not used because of a dispute between the management and the Government. He implied also in that question that the Government fire fighting tanker was used to cart salt water for the lawns but was not used to cart fresh water. The honourable member was wrong in both cases. On 7th October the same gentleman made a personal explanation on the same subject. He said:

May I add that since then I found out that the owner of Napperby Station, Mr Shepherd, is now the campaign director for the local Australian Country Party candidate.

The honourable member is wrong in what he says there also. On 4th November the honourable member for Prospect, continuing this maligning and misrepresentation


Mr Hurford - Did Shepherd authorise the campaign literature of Greatorex?


Mr CALDER - Yes, but he was not the campaign manager. These simliar tactics having failed earlier to get his protege into the electorate for Stuart, the honourable member for Prospect went on to say on 4th November:

When I was there some 2 or 3 weeks ago for the election campaign for the Legislative Council present also were the Minister for the Interior, the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Sinclair), the Minister for Trade and Industry (Mr Anthony) and any other Australian Country Party Minister who could not get a VIP plane. . . .

The honourable member is wrong again. Mr Anthony went in a VIP plane; the others went by ordinary airline flights. The honourable member went on to say in the same debate:

.   . Ansett Airlines of Australia ... is a Liberal Party organisation . . .

That is not the case in the Northern Territory because he may remember that the Australian Labor Party candidate for Elsey is the agent for Ansett Airlines.


Mr Armitage - Who owns Ansett?


Mr CALDER - I am saying that the Australian Labor Party candidate for Elsey was the Ansett agent. So that belies what the honourable member said. He went on to say that Connair is a Country Party organisation. This is wrong. The managing director was described as being a member of the Country Party. This is wrong. The honourable member went on to say:

In am sure that Mr Connellan, apart from supplying free transport for Country Party candidates in all kinds of local elections in the Northern Territory . . .

This is wrong. I am just saying that what the honourable member said in this House is wrong. I admit that this is only a .ninor point, but referring to the member for Victoria River in the Legislative Council the honourable member for Prospect said that he defeated an independent candidate. He omitted to mention the fact that the member for Victoria River defeated a Labor Party candidate. No doubt the policy of the ALP man differed from the Labor Party policy of the honourable member for Prospect, so he probably ignored him.

During the debate on the estimates for the Department of the Environment, the honourable member for Adelaide (Mr Hurford), following the same line of embittered, misinformed-


Mr Hurford - I did not speak on tha Environment Estimates.


Mr CALDER - Well, speaking recently on the Appropriation Bill the honourable member said at page 3097 of Hansard:

Similarly, who picked up the bill for the Minister for Primary Industry who, on the same day . . . travelled from Darwin to the Katherine races where he spent the afternoon in the company of 2 local Country Party candidates in the Legislative Council elections-

That is wrong - together with the honourable member for the Northern Territory. . . .

That is correct.


Mr Hurford - Mr Macfarlane was there.


Mr CALDER - Yes. But the honourable member for Adelaide said:

I have made attempts to find out this information elsewhere without success.

He obviously did not make any attempt at all, but it was a very wrong implication.


Mr Hurford - You are wrong.


Mr CALDER - You obviously did not make any attempt at all. Finally, I refer to the remarks of the honourable member for Prospect on 3rd November in the debate on the Estimates for the Department of the Interior. He said:

What I am saying is a criticism of the neglect of the Northern Territory over many years.

His remarks are typical of the efforts of the Labor Party 6 years ago.


Mr Scholes - I rise to order. Is it in order to refer to a debate which is still before the House? The honourable member is dealing with remarks made during the debate on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1971-72.







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