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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2691

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

Mr CHARLES JONES - Yes. I claim to have been misrepresented by the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) when he said that I had misled this House and honourable members because nothing had been done in relation to Brisbane Airport until such time as he raised the matter recently. I wish to draw his attention and the attention of honourable members generally to a number of facts which clearly establish that I have not misled honourable members and that when I said in the debate on the Appropriation Bill that Sim was included in the estimates for the acquisition of land for the development of Brisbane Airport I was telling the truth and not telling lies.

I table a copy of a minute, which I approved on 27 March this year, from the then DirectorGeneral of Civil Aviation, Sir Donald Anderson, to me. It was dated 15 March. It clearly establishes that I approved the acquisition of land for Brisbane Airport. I also have here the draft acquisition program for the Department of Civil Aviation which gives the following details of division 940.1.06: '2. Brisbane - Extensions to Airport (4,080 acres) - program, $6.5m - cash, $lm'. Those are the details of the appropriation. I table that document. A Cabinet decision of 1 May 1973 states:

(a)   Cabinet approves acquisition of additional land at the north-east of the existing airport at an estimated cost of $6. 5m;

(b)   That action be taken at once to acquire adequate land in the Caboolture area for future airport needs; and

(c)   Decides to refer the remaining recommendations at paragraph 1 to the Urban and Regional Development Committee for further consideration.

So, we are dealing with this matter. It was decided that the Coombs Task Force. recommendations would be referred to the Bureau of Transport Economics. This has been done already. The Bureau has had preliminary discussions with officials of the Department of Civil Aviation. On those points I believe that I have clearly established - I missed another one-

Mr Giles - Mr Deputy Speaker, this is Grievance Day-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berinson)Order!I ask the Minister to restrict his comments to the points of misrepresentation.

Mr CHARLES JONES - 1 do not mind an honourable member being political, but when he says that I tell lies he is in trouble.

Mr Giles - You are debating it.

Mr CHARLES JONES - I am not debating it.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I have asked the Minister to restrict his comments to the misrepresentation.

Mr CHARLES JONES - When an honourable member tells me that I tell lies, he is in trouble. I table also notes for the 1973 Budget debate, which were placed in the Bills and Papers Office on 18 September and which on page 2 clearly disclose an allocation of $1,128,704 for the Department of Civil Aviation to acquire land for extensions to Brisbane Airport. That amount was made up of the $lm plus the money that was left over.

Mr DONALDCAMERON (Griffith)- Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - Yes. I would not have intentionally described the Minister as having been dishonest. As everyone else including the Labor Lord Mayor of Brisbane believed, the Brisbane Airport extensions had been given the kiss of death by the Cabinet in the Budget discussions and this money was appropriated only on the eighteenth, I think it was. I believe that careful examination of the documents that have been tabled will show that that was in response to the indignation of the people of Brisbane. I appreciate that the papers have been tabled; so we will all at long last have a chance to see what went on in relation to Brisbane.

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