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FO R IM M EDIATE R ELEA SE: M ay 17, 1973^ ; ' ”

PR ESS RELEASE: . " 4 °

F r o m T he Hon. M alcolm F r a s e r , Μ. P .

A re c e n t r e p o rt in th e P o rta ln d O b s e rv e r, w hich b la m e s th e

F e d e r a l O pposition in th e Senate fo r sta le m a tin g th e S tev ed o rin g In d u s try C h a rg e s B ill w hich w ill lift th e le v y on th e P o r t of

P o rtla n d , is b a s e le s s and w ithout foundation.

T h e B ill h as not b e e n re je c te d in the S enate. It h a s not b e e n given

p r i o r it y b y the G o v ern m en t. . . .

I have b e e n a s s u r e d to d a y b y th e L e a d e r of th e O p p o sitio n in th e

S en ate, S e n a to r W ith e rs, th a t if th e G o v em m e t c h o se to bring;1 th is B ill on a s th e next o r d e r of b u s in e s s to d ay , a s L e a d e r of — -—

th e O pposition in th e S enate, he would su p p o rt th a t and do w hat . he could to ach iev e a sp e ed y p a s s a g e . .

T he G ov ern m en t sp o k e sm e n have e m b a rk e d on a p r o c e s s of m i s r ^ r e s e n t a t i o n and m a lic io u s fa ls ific a tio n on th is m a tte r fro m

its in cep tio n . T he G o v ern m en t c o n tro ls G o v ern m en t b u s in e s s in th e Senate and th e o r d e r of G o v ern m en t b u s in e s s . T h e ir in te g rity

on th is m a tte r can be jud g ed by th e fa c t th a t on 10th M ay, th e

S te v ed o rin g In d u stry C h a rg e s B ill w as lis te d N u m b e r 4 on th e G o v ern m en t o r d e r of p r i o r it i e s , but on 17th M ay, th e G o v e rn m e n t '

had lo w e re d th e o r d e r of p r io r ity to N u m b er 9. .

T he P o rtla n d O b s e rv e r a ls o in d ic a te s th a t th e H ouse of R e p re s e n ta tiv e s had not p a s s e d th is B ill a s a n u rg e n t B ill. I w as p r e s e n t d u rin g th is

d e b a te . It w as p a s s e d w ith a ll ex pedition. It got to th e S enate on

1st M ay but th e G o v ern m en t is giving it lo w e r o r d e r of p r io r ity now

th a n it did s e v e r a l days ago.

T o ta lk of th e O ppo sitio n f r u s tr a tin g G o v ern m en t b u s in e s s is s h e e r n o n se n se . F ro m f i r s t to la s t, C lyde C a m e ro n and h is c o h o rts '

have play ed p o litic s w ith th e fu tu re of P o rtla n d and I a m c e r ta in th e

p eople of W este rn V ic to ria w ill re c o g n ise th a t. .

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