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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3035


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock (LYNE, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I call the honourable member for Shortland.


Mr MORRIS - The motion continues: . . . of (a) 14.44 hectares of land from a Mr J. W. McDonald, (b) 334.8 hectares of land from Great Gippsland Farms Pty Ltd and (c) 4.228 hectares of land from the State of Victoria near Darriman in his electorate of Gippsland;

(2)   In relation to the purchase of the land the Minister told the House on 3 November 1977 that he had no knowledge of the activities of the Department of Administrative Services, that that Department was totally independent of his Department, that the vendor was personally known to him;

(3)   On 7 November 1977 he then told the House he had spoken to the Secretary of the Department of Administrative Services about the matter in December 1 976;

(4)   In relation to the purchase of the land he had asked that a local stock and station agent be appointed, contrary to a statement he made in the House on 4 November 1977;

(   5 ) As Minister for Transport after the change of government in 1975, he suggested that the Omega base be located in east Gippsland whereas, as Minister for Transport in 1972, he had stated that a choice would be made for the base between sites near Nerang or near Deniliquin;

(6)   On 3 November 1977 he told the House that $190 an acre was paid for the land at Darriman when at that date the land in question had not been purchased but only an option had been bought.

It is clear from an examination of the relevant files on this matter that the Minister for Transport (Mr Nixon) has misled the House on several counts. If one looks back over the history of the whole series of events-

Motion (by Mr Sinclair) agreed to:

That the honourable member for Shortland be not further heard.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock -Is the motion seconded?







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