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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1924

Mr FISHER —Would the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism be concerned if international and Sheffield Shield cricket were not played in Western Australia this season? Will the Minister ensure that his views in support of sport sponsorship by tobacco companies are well known to his colleagues in Perth before decisions are taken that would deny cricket to the Western Australian public?

Mr Howard —That is a real yorker, John!

Mr JOHN BROWN —I will play a very straight bat, Mr Speaker. The honourable member who asked the question obviously did not hear the AM program this morning when it was clearly announced that the Western Australian Government was prepared to amend the legislation before the Western Australian Parliament to allow the removal of the anomaly which would prevent the playing of test cricket in Western Australia.

Mr McVeigh —That was yesterday morning. Do not mislead the House.

Mr JOHN BROWN —If the honourable member wants to be thoroughly precise, it might --

Mr McVeigh —You had a sleep. You are a day behind.

Mr JOHN BROWN —From Rip Van Winkle, that is a compliment. Whatever day it was, anyhow. It is fresh enough in my mind to have been this morning. I am quite happy with the amendment being made, because the facts are as outlined in that report. If Perth loses the test, of course, tobacco advertising will be flashing on Perth television screens for seven hours a day, which will be in conflict with the legislation that the Western Australian Government is trying to introduce. If the test is played in Perth, of course, that transmission will be for only two hours a day. I think the people in the Western Australian Government know my views. I know theirs. I respect their view. I hope that they respect mine.