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Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2497

Mr HODGMAN (Denison) - I rise very briefly to pay a tribute to 2 members of this honourable House in relation to 2 separate matters which I believe have a common link. Firstly, I wish to express what I believe to be the pleasure of all honourable members at the appointment to the ministry of the honourable member for Balaclava (Mr Macphee). Mr Speaker, I noted with interest that when you called the Minister at question time today you noted the pleasure that you enjoyed, as did we all, in seeing the honourable member for Balaclava as a Minister in this Parliament. Without appearing in any way platitudinous, I noted with some interest today a report in the Melbourne Press of a comment made by an absent friend now representing this country temporarily at the United Nations. I refer to the honourable member for Hindmarsh (Mr Clyde Cameron) who, last year, apparently made the complaint that due to noise in the chamber he could not hear the honourable member for Balaclava. He added that the honourable member for Balaclava was one of the few on this side of the House who were worth listening to.

I think it was pleasing that the honourable member for Maribyrnong (Dr Cass) had the honour of asking the new Minister for Productivity the very first question that he received in the chamber. The unbridled pleasure which was witnessed on both sides of the House at the appointment of this outstanding member of this Parliament, I believe, is something which ought not to pass unnoticed. He will be an outstanding Minister and if I might say so, as one who has admired the honourable member for a long time, I believe that all in this House will wish him well.

I am aware that the honourable member for Phillip (Mr Birney) wishes to speak and I shall make my remarks brief. The other honourable member to whom I wish to refer is the honourable member for Braddon (Mr Groom). He has an enormous weight on his shoulders at this time and is fighting a very substantial battle for a very significant part of his electorate. It is a small speck on the map of Australia. I ask the House to take note that the honourable member for Braddon is endeavouring to retain part of his electorate which is on the brink of destruction. It would be a tragedy for this country if the west coast of Tasmania were to go out of existence as it may well do. I appeal to honourable members on both sides of the chamber to support the honourable member for Braddon in what he is doing. He certainly needs the support of this House if he is to save the west coast of Tasmania which is under a very grave threat of extinction.

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