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Wednesday, 21 September 1983
Page: 1131

Mr HODGMAN(7.56) —I wish tonight to remind the people of Australia of the old adage: 'He who pays the piper calls the tune'. The wise adage is particularly appropriate to bear in mind tonight because in the matter of which I speak the piper is the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke). The payers are two in number and their names are notorious throughout this nation.

Mr Griffiths —Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Acting on the precedent created by the honourable member for Denison during the adjournment debate--

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member will either come to his point of order or resume his seat.

Mr HODGMAN —I am used to the honourable member and his tactics, Mr Speaker. As I said, the payers are two in number and their names are notorious throughout the nation. They represent a continuing threat to the sort of Australia I want to see for my children and my children's children and into the twenty-first century . I really wish we were on television tonight so that the people of Australia could see with their own eyes the members of the Hawke socialist Government in this Parliament-the members whom the people of Australia elected to power on 5 March this year. I wish the people of Australia could also see on their television sets a Sydney Morning Herald photograph in my possession published on 11 February 1983 over the following caption:

The encounter with two prominent members of the left that at least one party worker said shouldn't take place: The Opposition Leader, Mr Hawke, shakes hands yesterday with Mr Laurie Carmichael and exchanges asides with Mr John Halfpenny. Mr Hawke came away with $50,000 in campaign funds.

This is a photograph of the people who are really running Australia today. Their names are Laurie Carmichael and John Halfpenny. The $50,000 bribe given to the Australian Labor Party by Carmichael and Halfpenny for the socialist election campaign earlier this year is the best $50,000 these comrades have ever spent. That it was received personally by the Prime Minister, into his own hands, gives Messrs Carmichael and Halfpenny the unique opportunity to ensure at the very top that they will get everything they want, in consideration of this shabby, grubby and disreputable $50,000 bribe. It is the people of Australia who will suffer as a result of this disgraceful transaction. By the time of the next Federal election the ordinary men and women of Australia will be called upon to foot the massive bill now being run up in their names by the Hawke socialist Government to its eternal discredit. Only Carmichael, Halfpenny and their cronies will smile for they will know that they have done their job and done it well. Australia will be the loser.