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Wednesday, 13 May 1987
Page: 3077

Mr HOLLIS(12.39) —I am pleased to speak in this debate on the Supply Bill (No. 1), the Supply Bill (No. 2), and the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill. Obviously, the Government rejects the amendment moved by the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Carlton). As previous speakers have said, the debate enables us to make some comments on the state of the Australian economy and, indeed, to contrast the approach of this Government-an approach which we will see tonight with the May economic statement, to which we are looking forward-with its rational economic policies, with that of those opposite, with their grab-bag of promises. Indeed, the political parties will be on show both this evening and tomorrow evening-the Treasurer (Mr Keating), on behalf of the Government, bringing down the May economic statement tonight and the honourable member for Bennelong (Mr Howard) replying tomorrow on behalf of the Opposition. Many of us are waiting to hear what the honourable member for Bennelong will say. It will enable a contrast to be made between the rational economic promises of this side and the grab-bag of promises on the other side.

Those on the other side-we have heard it in some of the preceding speeches-keep talking tough about cuts. Indeed, the honourable member who has just left the chamber, the honourable member for Berowra (Dr Harry Edwards), was talking very tough-about a tough economic statement, and a tough Budget. But the record of those opposite on taking tough economic decisions is not so good. Over the years they have had the majority of control of the treasury bench. We came to government after seven years of their management of the economy. We just have to look at their record, which is there for all to see. We are making our record. We know what their record is. The Australian people know what their record is. The Australian people rejected the previous Government on its record, and members of the Opposition will be rejected when the next election comes, whenever that may be. For some obscure reason-I am not quite sure why-the Liberals are targeting the seat I occupy and will continue to occupy after the next election.

Ms McHugh —Hear, hear!

Mr HOLLIS —The honourable member for Phillip agrees with me. I keep having visits in my electorate by shadow Ministers. I do not know whether the shadow Minister who is at the table, the honourable member for Flinders (Mr Reith), has yet visited. He has not been in that position long. Obviously he will visit shortly. The latest visit was from the honourable member for Ryan (Mr Moore). He visited my electorate, and came to where my office is located. Outside my office he made a whole host of promises of what the Opposition is going to do. It is really interesting that the shadow Ministers visit my electorate. The honourable member for Ryan came down there and he promised all these things-which are the responsibility of the State Government. Those opposite really do not know what is a Federal matter and what is a State matter. They cannot have it both ways. It is no good their coming into electorates such as mine, promising the world, and then coming to this Parliament and making hairy-chested tough statements, because they are not fooling the people. If these promises are made, the people will ask, and we will ask, where the money is coming from.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Millar) —Order! It being 12.45 p.m., the debate is interrupted in accordance with sessional order 101a. The debate may be resumed at a later hour. If the honourable member has not completed his address to the House, he will have leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.

Sitting suspended from 12.45 to 2 p.m.