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Media release by the Leader of the National Party and Shadow Defence Minister, Ian Sinclair



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MEDIA RELEASE BY THE LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY AND SHADOW DEFENCE MINISTER/ IAN SINCLAIR “ — '

ARMY LAND: MR HAWKE'S BROKEN PROMISES

Today's announcement by the Minister for Defence is in sharp

contrast with promises made by the Prime Minister during the

election campaign at Dubbo on 28 November, 1984

- which are detailed in 13 separate Statutory

Declarations, bopies of which I hold.

Six of those Statutory Declarations are from people who spoke

with Mr Hawke and received his assurances on the matter

- the remaining seven are from people who were .

present and heard the assurances.

MR FREDERICK GEORGE HOWARTH, "BILLYWILLINGA", BATHURST

Me: "Bob, I am a landowner in the Bathurst-Orange

proposed Army base area. Could I have a word with

‘ , you?" : -

RH: "Certainly, but you don't have to worry, we won't

take any productive land."

Me: "Ours is productive land, why not take it off the

list for a proposed Army base?"

RH: "Don't worry, we won't take productive land."

Me: "It is productive land. Our families have been

making a living off it for generations. Why not

take if off the list of proposed sites?"

RH: "Very well, I will. The Bathurst-Orange area is

out. "

When Mr Hawke was asked by a person in the crowd if

he could be believed on this his reply was: "I do not

tell lies."

- 5 Stat. Decs supporting this account.

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PROMISES 2

VICKI JUNE OSTINI, "THE TRIG", OPHIR

VO: "Excuse me, Mr Prime Minister, my name is Vicky Ostini and I live in the Bathurst-Orange area, which is one of the proposed Army base areas." RH: "The Bathurst-Orange area will not be taken." VO: "Our family has owned a property at Ophir for the

past five generations." _

Mr Hawke then took my hand and said: "My dear, you have no worries, the'Bathurst-Orange area will not be taken."

- 2 Stat. Decs supporting this account.

JUDITH NORAH WESTGARTH, TURONDALE RD, DURAMARA '

- asked Prime Minister: "But you said there wouldn't

be one in. the Bathurst^-Orange district."

RH: "Yes, that is what I said." . . . . . ;

WILLIAM BEDE WHITELEY, "NARAMBON", ORANGE ·

- asked Prime Minister if his reply correct.

- "He replied that it was and the base would not be

going to the Orange-Bathurst area and the people

there should no longer worry about the issue."

DOUGLAS ORTIGER, "ARFWEYUP", MT RANKIN .

- PM said: "You have nothing to worry about" and

"Bathurst-Orange is out."

ELIZABETH CARMEL BENNETT, "MOUNT MCCANN", ORANGE

- asked PM how she could convince Bathurst-Orange

councils of his statement.

- "To which he again told us we had no worries because

our area, Orange, Bathurst, Blayney was out of selection

CANBERRA 9 May, 1985