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Thursday, 30 April 1987
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Mr ROBERT BROWN(10.29) —I have been dealing with some of the abuses that have taken place in Queensland. Case No. 10 involves the Bond Corporation. The Today Tonight program on QTQ 9 on 2 February 1983 broadcast a current affairs program which dealt with the substance of the material I referred to earlier in case No. 9. Arising from that program, defamation charges were brought by Bjelke-Petersen. An out of court settlement saw $400,000 transferred from the Bond Corporation to Sir Joh. Most observers believe that had the case proceeded to a conclusion there is no way that Joh could have won a $400,000 decision. In April 1987 Max Walsh wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald:

. . . his decision to give Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen $400,000 in settlement for an alleged defamation against the Queensland Premier-

may prove to be-

one of the shrewdest investments that Alan Bond has made.

Case No. 11 concerns National Free Enterprise Ltd. In 1984 the Hawke Government amended the electoral laws to require all political parties to identify and declare the source of all campaign gifts of $1,000 or more. On 27 September 1984, just two months before the election, a company, National Free Enterprise Ltd, was incorporated in Queensland. It donated $300,000 of the $564,000 which the Queensland National Party raised for the election. The company secretary was a foundation member, Mrs Helen Maybury, who is also the private secretary of Queensland's National Party President, Sir Robert Sparkes. The address of National Free Enterprise Ltd was that of a Brisbane legal firm and, of course, Mrs Helen Maybury's husband has received some more recent notoriety in a public controversy.

Case No. 12 involves the white-shoe brigade. Mr Mike Gore and Mr Brian Ray were the two developers who originated the `Joh for PM' campaign in 1986 with a series of dinners where business leaders asked the Queensland Premier to run for Federal office. Mr Mike Gore claimed that he had commitments of up to $30m for the campaign which would provide $70,000 for each of 148 candidates for the House of Representatives and still leave more than $10m for the national campaign. In mid-March 1987 a weekend party was held at the Gold Coast home of Brian Ray. It was attended by Sir Joh and it drafted a strategy based on the publics fear of unemployment, interest rates, inflation and taxation. Mr Ray was also celebrating his acquittal on charges of defrauding the Commonwealth of $16m with two other people between 1978 and 1983 through bottom of the harbour tax schemes.

Case No. 13 involves the white-shoe brigade again. The Queensland Government Development Authority granted a loan of $10.6m to Gold Coast developer Mr Mike Gore. Mr Gore is the leader of the white shoe brigade which is alleged by him to have committed up to $30m for the `Joh for PM' campaign. The Queensland Opposition Leader, Mr Neville Warburton, said that advice indicated that the loan was illegal under the Statutory Bodies (Financial Arrangements) Act because the role of the Development Authority is to arrange and raise loans for statutory authorities. When the loan became public knowledge in early March 1987 Mr Gore repaid it. The Deputy Liberal Leader, Mr Angus Innes, told the Queensland Parliament that Mr Gore received a `secret million dollar electricity deal from the State Government' for his Sanctuary Cove development.

Case No. 14 involves a policeman. In November 1976 Terry Lewis made police history when he jumped from being a junior inspector in outback Charleville to Police Commissioner in just a few weeks. The Queensland Premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, personally recommended his appointment and overruled objections from the former Commissioner, Ray Whitrod. In 1985 Terry Lewis became Sir Terence Lewis, Knight Bachelor in Joh's New Year Honours List. The Commissioner was knighted before the Queensland Chief Justice. Sir Terence's daughter, Mrs Laureen Ireland, retired from the Queensland Police Force in February 1987 on the ground of ill health at the ripe old age of 25. She was reportedly paid $140,000 superannuation. In 1982 Lewis was described in State Parliament by the late Kev Hooper as `a corrupt crook'. There were rumours that he had been a bagman for the former Police Commissioner.

Case No. 15 is the first case involving a builder. In March 1987 the Queensland Minister for housing, Mr Ivan Gibbs, admitted that he had directed the State Builders Registration Board to register a bankrupt Gold Coast builder, Mr Douglas Smith, whom he had known since `he was a baby'. The next case also involves a builder. The Queensland Minister for Housing overturned a decision of the State Builders Registration Board and ordered it to register another --

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member's time has expired.