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Tuesday, 5 May 1987
Page: 2650

Mr IAN CAMERON(10.55) —I wish to place on record tonight the fact that the very important CSR Hinkler Bicentennial Air Race will be held in Queensland this time next year. It will be staged over nine days and will cover 2,600 nautical miles around the great State of Queensland. It will be open to piston driven, military, turbo-charged, rotary wing and historical aircraft. Even Joh will be flying a helicopter. Joh can still fly a helicopter so he is well ahead of honourable members opposite. Bob Hawke cannot fly a helicopter. He is even flat out walking. He cannot even ride a horse-what is wrong with him? Joh can fly a jet and fly a helicopter. If honourable members opposite do not vote for him, they are all mugs. However, I return to the subject. The air race begins in Brisbane and goes right up through the beautiful and wide expanses of the electorate of Maranoa. It goes through Warwick, Roma, Tooloombilla, Charleville, up through Barcaldine right up to Charters Towers, Ingham, across to beautiful Cairns, through to Normanton and on to Burketown. It then comes back through Mount Isa in the electorate of the honourable member for Kennedy (Mr Katter), travels back to Devoncourt and stops in at Noosa for a bit of a spell. It then travels to Cloncurry, Winton, Longreach, Blackall, Emerald and Bundaberg, which is Bert Hinkler's home town. The air race will spend a whole day at Bundaberg. En route those participating in the air race will attend rodeos and barbecues and will enjoy the typical hospitality of the electorates of Maranoa and Kennedy. I invite all members of the House, particularly those interested in flying--

Mr Peter Fisher —When is it on?

Mr IAN CAMERON —It will be flagged off this time next year. It supports the history and efforts of Bert Hinkler, Kingsford Smith and others and it is worth remembering that Qantas Airways Ltd was founded at Longreach. It is intended that the Queensland Royal Flying Doctor Service museum will be established and opened at Cloncurry-a very worthy project. People are looking for donations as well as artefacts that may have been associated with the history of the pedal wireless.

Mr Brumby —What about the Stockman's Hall of Fame?

Mr IAN CAMERON —This is different from the Stockman's Hall of Fame, which is at Longreach. The race travels to Longreach and we hope that by that time the Stockman's Hall of Fame will be operating and that the pilots and others involved in this most important air race will be able to call in and look at the wonderful new venture that the people of Longreach have embarked upon. I assure you, Madam Speaker, that if you have time to travel up through the large electorate of Maranoa we will look forward to seeing you in the winter months. If you head north, Madam Speaker, you should call into Roma, go on up to Longreach and look at the Stockman's Hall of Fame. After you have done that, you can go on to Cloncurry and look at the new Royal Flying Doctor Service museum being established there.

Senator Stan Collard, the President of this air race, has done an enormous amount of work in getting it under way. All sorts of prizes will be offered. Of course, the air race will also tie in with that wonderful project we have got going in Brisbane-Expo 88. I must say how ashamed I am of the Labor States that some of the members opposite represent. I am ashamed of them because they will not tell their Premiers and State members to become involved in Expo 88, put their money where their mouths are, show us some of the products available from other parts of Australia and have State pavilions there.

The air race begins in Brisbane and flies right up through Queensland. The air race will end in Brisbane and tie in with the opening of that great project, Expo 88, a magnificent concept which will have numerous pavilions and other things right on the banks of the beautiful Brisbane River. Again, Madam Speaker, if you happen to be in Queensland at that time make sure that you go to Expo 88 because there is no doubt that you will enjoy it. I point out to the House that the air race is a wonderful opportunity for all members to come up to the electorates of Maranoa and Kennedy in Queensland and enjoy themselves for a few days and partake in the great CSR Hinkler Bicentennial Air Race.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! it being 11 p.m., the debate is interrupted. The House stands adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

House adjourned at 11 p.m.