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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2671

The PRESIDENT - What are you quoting from, Senator?

Senator McLAREN - I am quoting from an article which appeared in the Murray Bridge Observer' of 5 September. I am quite prepared to table it.

The PRESIDENT - It is not a question of tabling it. The point of order is that under Standing Orders a senator who quotes from the newspaper is required to vouch for the authority and authenticity of the report.

Senator McLAREN - For the information of those people who doubt me, it is a Press release which Mr Giles gave of a speech which he made in the other place. If I had the time I could get a copy of that speech.

The PRESIDENT - It is a correct quotation, and you have read it?

Senator McLAREN - This is the Press release which Mr Giles gave to the paper. I have checked it with the House of Representatives Hansard. This is what he said.

The PRESIDENT - It is a correct quotation?

Senator McLAREN - It is. The article states:

The 'mean' Budget allocation of $ 1.2m to help in the establishment of Monarto had disadvantaged South Australia, the Federal member for Angas (MrG. O'H. Giles) claimed.

He further said that the Government had allotted $33m for the Albury-Wodonga complex. I wish to quote the actual figures in the Budget papers. There is a detailed schedule of the figures allocated. The total amount of $33m was allocated to growth centres and other projects. Mr Giles claimed that the $3 3m was for AlburyWodonga. The figures are in my speech on the Budget. They are: New South Wales, $ 13.9m; Victoria, $9.5m; Queensland, $4.4m; South Australia, $1.2m; Western Australia, $3. 5m; and Tasmania, $500,000; a total of $33m. That just goes to show what measures some people will adopt to mislead the people of Australia, as we find that in fact the $33m was spread over all the States, yet a statement was made by a member in another place who was trying to hoodwink the people into thinking that it was all allocated for Albury-Wodonga. I want to quote a few other newspaper articles.

Senator Jessop - I hope you can vouch for them.

Senator McLAREN - They are all in Hansard, and if the honourable senator wants me to do so I can quote from my Budget speech.

Senator Jessop - Mr President,I do not think you ruled on my previous point of order. I think it is fair enough to suggest that if Senator McLaren is quoting from Hansard he should give the page and the date of the Hansard so that we can refer to it and check the authenticity of what he says.

Senator Cavanagh - What standing order concerns this matter?

The PRESIDENT -I do not know of a standing order relating to this matter, but I think if Senator McLaren intends to refer to Hansard he should give page numbers so that honourable senators can examine it. That is the normal custom, and I am sure Senator McLaren would have no difficulty.

Senator McLAREN - Mr President,I can quote from what I said on 13 September. Nobody has ever refuted what I said in my Budget speech.

The PRESIDENT -Just give the page number.

Senator McLAREN - My Budget speech appears on pages 570 to 578 of Hansard of 13 September. What I am going to say now is actually included therein. I want to relate those remarks particularly to this Bill and to refer to some of the obstacles that were put in relation to the development of Monarto. Dr Eastick addressed a political rally in the Murray Bridge town hall, and a report of the rally appeared in the Murray Valley Standard' of 8 March 1973 stating that he had said that Monarto would be an economic risk. He gave a warning that the money would be wasted if it were put into the new town, yet Senator Jessop has just told the Senate that he is wholeheartedly behind the establishment of Monarto. I am pleased to hear that he has a different opinion from that of the State leader of his Party. We find that the Democratic Labor Party also opposed the new city. A motion was moved by Mr T. R. Critchley, the Secretary of the Democratic Labor Party in the area in which I live, and in moving the motion he said that it was becoming increasingly doubtful whether the city of Monarto would ever get off the ground. Then, of course, we find -

Senator Kane - All newspaper garbage.

Senator McLAREN - It is not all newspaper garbage. In the 'Murray Valley Standard' of 7 August it was stated that the Country Party also was opposed to the development of Monarto. In South Australia the 3 major Opposition PartiesI am not referring to the Federal spherehave come out with statements opposed to the development of Monarto. As I have done before in this place and outside on the public platform, I pose the question: Why did they oppose it? There is only one answer- they opposed it because the new city of Monarto was the brainchild of the Dunstan Labor Government. This, of course, is just opposing for politics' sake, and I think this should not be done, particularly when a national development conference which was held in Canberra more than 2 years ago called for the very thing which this Government is doing, that is, providing for decentralisation and for getting people out of the cities to give them a better way of life. I am very proud that I belong to a government that has seen fit to put this legislation into operation and do something for the people who live in the crowded areas of the cities.

I think Mr Uren, as the Minister for this Department, should be complimented for his energy and devotion and his efforts in endeavouring to do the very thing that this legislation is designed to do. I hope that in the not too distant future Monarto will proceed as a growing centre. It is a centre that will be modelled on this fair city of Canberra. However we are hoping that the same mistakes will not be made in its development as were made in Canberra, when jobs that were done had to be re-done. This will be a wonderful thing for South Australia, quite apart from the opposition it has received. Now that this legislation has been brought into this Parliament people all over the country, particularly in South Australia, can see that this Government, together with the South Australian Labor Government, was genuine in what it said about its intention to develop the city of Monarto. No longer can it be said that this was only a pipe dream, that it could be an economic sink and that it is not viable. I congratulate the Government on bringing in this legislation.

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