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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1402


Mr SPEAKER -I think that is a reflection on the representation of the honourable member for Bowman.


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I will examine it in another way. The Coombs report-


Mr Keogh - I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker-


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - If it is going to quieten you down I will withdraw it. But I still think you are a bomb as a member.


Mr Keogh - A point of order, Mr Speaker.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will withdraw that remark.


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I withdraw it and people can draw their own conclusions from these facts. The honourable member said that what I claimed the previous Government was going to do was rubbish. Yet the Coombs report which was drawn up under the direction of his Party's Government states quite clearly on page 149 that the Liberal Government was going to-


Mr Keogh - Was going to do something.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Bowman will remain silent.


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - Thank you, Mr Speaker. The report said that the previous Government was going to allocate Sim in the financial year 1972-73, $13m in the year 1973-74, Si 8m in the following year and thereafter $130m. This is not just my claim; this is contained in the report of the Coombs committee. The fact that every night the Minister for Transport (Mr Charles Jones) has his two unable bodied henchmen come into this place to try to protect him is an indication that he is fearful of coming in and explaining what this Government intends to do. This is all we want to know. Other honourable members of this Parliament must be growing sick and tired of hearing about the Brisbane airport. It does not thrill me every evening to face the possibility of having to go in and battle for my city. All that we want to know - and the Minister has it in his power to tell us - is what is intended in relation to Brisbane. What is motivating the Labor Lord Mayor of Brisbane to say that he is disappointed? What is motivating me to stand here night after night to try to learn what is going on? What is motivating the honourable member for Lilley and the honourable member or Bowman to come here night after night in their endeavours to sandwich me in, to try to clobber me from each side, if they are not aware of something? A lot is being withheld from the people of Brisbane. As I said the other night, I was told last weekend that the Labor Government had instructed the Coombs committee to include in its report the Brisbane airport. I asked the Minister then to come in and tell me whether this was a true or false story, and he will not tell me-


Mr Edwards - He does not tell me that he will not give Berowra one.


Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - He wm not tell the honourable member for Berowra what is going on at Galston. The people in the seat of Parramatta will tell the Government what is going on next weekend. This is the sixth occasion in a row that I have spoken on this subject. The 2 honourable members opposite whom I have mentioned will try to pick away on little points. The crunch of the matter is: What is going to happen in Brisbane? This is the sixth occasion on which I have raised the question. I learned a lesson when I was much younger about resting on the seventh day. So next Tuesday night I will give the Parliament a break but if we have not received an answer from the Minister by Wednesday I shall be forced to raise the subject once again.







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