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Wednesday, 16 March 1977
Page: 297


Mr JAMES -You cannot afford to -


Mr JAMES - No.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Hunter.

Mr JAMES -Well, why did you not silence him? He said -

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Hunter-

Mr JAMES -He should withdraw his remarks. He said I was a muck raker.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I suggest that the House come to order and that the honourable member for Hunter be allowed to proceed to make his speech without further interjection.

Mr JAMES - What I have said is the truth, that is the trouble. In concluding my remarks in the Address-in-Reply debate I point out that growing sections of industry, commerce and trade unions in Newcastle have asked me to appeal to the Government, as a result of the industrial redundancy which will be caused by the closure of the Newcastle State Dockyard, to give aid in the establishment of a car assembly plant in the Newcastle region so that the economic turbulence which is being experienced and which will get worse because of the placement of orders with the Japanese for ships for the Australian National Line will be relieved. I am happy to take this opportunity to appeal to the Government to give some consideration to the economic disturbance of those industrial workers in Newcastle experiencing redundancy as a result of the Government's policies on shipbuilding and to create a car assembly plant in the Newcastle region.

I have also been approached by businessmen and other important persons in Newcastle who think that the time is overdue for the creation in the Newcastle region of an artificial limb factory. This would be appropriate to the region because people from the electorate of Gwydir and even from over the Queensland border must come to Sydney to be fitted for artificial limbs. Unfortunately I do not have the figures with me tonight which show the number of amputees in the region from Newcastle to the Queensland border who would be served by an artificial limb factory at Newcastle. I know that responsible people and organisations from the Newcastle region have communicated with the Minister for Health (Mr Hunt) on this matter and I hope that he will see his way clear to set up an artificial limb factory in the Newcastle region.

I have also received appeals from Lebanese people in my electorate as a result of the Government 's failure to facilitate the migration of some of their relatives to the electorate of Hunter. The Sirhan family in Cessnock, which is a responsible, hard working family, has been working to have a cousin migrate to Australia. He is a single, educated man who teaches English in Lebanese schools. I hope that the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Mr MacKellar) will consider the application of this man to migrate to Australia.

Debate (on motion by Mr Donald Cameron) adjourned.

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