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Thursday, 21 August 2003
Page: 19215

Mr ORGAN (2:07 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. The date 17 December marks the centenary of flight by the Wright brothers. Can the Prime Minister inform the House what arrangements have been made to ensure that the groundbreaking work of Australia's father of flight, Lawrence Hargrave, at Stanwell Park in my electorate, is honoured? In view of the New South Wales government's reluctance to address the issue of the closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive and its severe impact on the local community, what financial assistance can the government provide to ensure that this historic, scenic and vitally important transport and tourism route remains open?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I thank the member for Cunningham for his question. I must confess that without checking I am not aware of the arrangements that have so far been made. I am a temporary stand-in as transport minister today. I undertake to raise the matter with my colleague and friend the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services. I share the member for Cunningham's view in full that Hargrave was a great Australian and a name synonymous with all the brave pioneering days of early aviation. I will talk to the Deputy Prime Minister about the matter and further inform the honourable gentleman as soon as I can.