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Tuesday, 16 November 1976

Mr INNES (Melbourne) -Mr Speaker,I wish to raise a question that is motivating the minds of people who are responsible for the wellbeing of ethnic communities and who take strong exception to the type of journalism that creates dissension, cleavage and division not only between ethnic communities themselves but also the ethnic communities and the people born of Anglo-Saxon parentage in this country. I wish to refer to the depths of degradation to which individuals will go to pervert their own people's standing or occupation. It is difficult to contemplate how this occurs. For instance, the headline appeared recently: 'Greek Woman Raped'. It does not matter a damn whether the woman is Greek, Italian or Australian. The fact is that a woman was raped and -

Mr Sullivan - Where?

Mr INNES - That is the mentality of this imbecile who does nothing else but interject on issues, when he ought to be giving very serious consideration to -

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member will continue with his speech.

Mr INNES -But the mentality is that low that would hardly expect him to understand.

Mr Baume - Mr Speaker,I rise to take a point of order. Is it proper to describe any member of this House as an imbecile?

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman to whom the remark was directed did not call for a withdrawal. I call the honourable member for Melbourne.

Mr INNES - Mr Speaker,I point to examples of that nature that appear day after day. There is no relevance in making reference to whence the individual comes. It is purely and simply a method of sensationalism in journalism. A number of people from ethnic communities have taken exception to it.

Mr Sullivan

Mr INNES - I am just about to ask the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Viner), who is at the table, for permission to incorporate in Hansard a letter from the Australian Greek Welfare Society in which very strong exception is taken to this kind of reporting. I ask leave to incorporate the letter in Hansard.

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

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