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Wednesday, 14 September 1983
Page: 749

Mr GOODLUCK —I direct my question to the Prime Minister. Did the Prime Minister say during the election campaign that the price of petrol in Australia would be reduced by 2c a litre? Is the Prime Minister aware that in Tasmania the price of super grade petrol is 52c a litre and the price of liquefied petroleum gas is 33c a litre when, in fact, in Albury-half way between Melbourne and Sydney-super grade petrol is 46c a litre and LPG is 23c a litre? I would like an explanation if we are going to reconcile the problems of Australia and try to bring Australians together.

Mr HAWKE —I am very much aware of what is happening in Tasmania. It seems that I am more aware of the attitudes and the feeling of the people of Tasmania than is the honourable member. I certainly would never find myself in a position where I would express myself as being ashamed to be a Tasmanian.

Mr Goodluck —Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I would like the question answered, not a direction at me.

Mr SPEAKER —Order!

Mr Goodluck —The Prime Minister is debating Australia's-

Mr SPEAKER —Order! I warn the honourable member for Franklin.

Mr Goodluck —Get him to answer the question.

Mr SPEAKER —I warn the honourable member. He knows what that means.

Mr Goodluck —No one says that I am not a Tasmanian.

Mr SPEAKER —I name the honourable member for Franklin.

Mr Lionel Bowen —I move:

That the honourable member for Franklin be suspended from the service of the House.

Mr Sinclair —Mr Speaker, I suggest that the honourable member might be prepared to reconsider the remarks in the circumstances and perhaps accept the suggestion you put to him.

Mr SPEAKER —The Deputy Leader of the National Party makes a plea on behalf of the honourable member for Franklin. There is a difficulty if one always accepts that plea, in that it affects the sanction that a warning and naming applies. However, having given that warning that an apology will not be accepted subsequently, if the honourable member for Franklin cares to apologise to the House for breaching the Standing Orders I will ask the Leader of the House to withdraw the motion.

Mr Goodluck —Mr Speaker, I have never back-tracked in my life, but you are a gentleman and in deference to the Chair--

Government members interjecting-

Mr Goodluck —If it meant giving way to the-

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member has been given the opportunity to apologise to the House, not to me. He has broken the Standing Orders of the House.

Mr Goodluck —To you, Mr Speaker, I apologise.

Mr SPEAKER —Perhaps the motion could be withdrawn.

Motion-by leave-withdrawn

Mr Lionel Bowen —In the circumstances, in view of the naivete of the honourable member, I withdraw the motion.

Mr HAWKE —In respect of the price of petrol, we indicated that certain results would flow from the decision that we would take and we took that decision. In the period since then other decisions have been taken, both by the Government and in the commercial field, which have had effects upon the price of petrol and other sources of energy. In respect of the decisions that this Government took in the Budget-which had its impact in that area-I simply indicate that, if the honourable member wants a judgment about what people think of the Budget, he should look at today's Bulletin, in which it is recorded that for the whole period since the poll has been taken on the reaction of people to the Budget there is a more favourable reaction by the Australian people to this Budget than to any other Budget ever before.