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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2680

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr CONNOR - I do. In last week's issue of the Sydney 'Bulletin' there appeared an article by one Peter Samuel which was headed 'Huge Mining Project Collapses'. Amongst other things it referred to the Comalco Ltd project for the development of the Weipa bauxite deposits. I have here the text of a telegram sent to me by Mr Hibberd, the Chairman of Comalco Ltd which I propose to read to the House. It states:

I dissociate Comalco from any implied criticism of the Government or yourself in Peter Samuel's article appearing on page 12 of this week's Bulletin. If you have the opportunity you may say publicly that entirely amicable discussions are taking place 'between yourself and senior Executives of the company and that it is hoped that these discussions will result in further development of the Weipa bauxite deposits. Regards.

D.   J. Hibberd, Chairman Comalco Limited

This is a typical example of the campaign which is being waged today. It is malicious and false and, in the case of Mr Samuel, it is typical of his complete lack of journalistic integrity.

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