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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3208

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(9.42) —We have an agreement with the traditional owners of the land, an agreement which was reached in the past. Is Senator Crichton-Browne seriously suggesting that Mr Holding is going to march in and overturn that agreement on the say-so of someone else, and destroy a project? I know how concerned the honourable senator is about the Argyle mine and I know why he is so concerned but I do not think he should take that concern to the extent of destroying this debate tonight. He should go and sell his shares.

Senator Crichton-Browne —On a point of order, Mr Temporary Chairman, I was prepared to ignore the Minister's comments because I did not quite understand what he was saying. He said he thought he understood my interest. My interest is for Western Australia and for Australia. Senator Grimes adding that I should sell my shares implies that my interest is a proprietary one. It is a disgraceful allegation although it is not one to which I am unaccustomed because he has made the same sorts of allegations about other people in the chamber. He knows it is quite untrue and yet he makes these snide remarks.

Senator Chaney —I rise on the point of order, Mr Temporary Chairman. I heard Senator Grimes's comment and if the inference was that Senator Crichton-Browne had an interest of a commercial kind. That is certainly objectionable and should be withdrawn.

Senator GRIMES —If the cap fits, I withdraw it.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —Order! The Minister will withdraw without reservation.

Senator GRIMES —I withdraw.

Clauses agreed to.

Clauses 17 to 19-by leave-taken together.