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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2362

Mr HUMPHREYS(10.58) —I will not take up too much time of the House tonight. I was interested to hear the remarks of the honourable member for Ryan (Mr Moore) about the so-called problems in the Australian Labor Party in Queensland. The honourable member for Ryan, who has been a very good friend of mine for many years, said that we were having problems in the Labour Party in Queensland, and federally, and were stitching up deals. I received an interesting phone call the other day from a school teacher in Queensland. An economics and history teacher, she explained how she had told the students to phone the various political parties in order to obtain information about them so that they could write an essay on what the parties represented and outline their policies. She advised them to say that they were interested in joining the party concerned; thus the parties would be very co-operative and send out the necessary literature. One cannot imagine what sort of literature they got from the Liberal Party. I just remind honourable members opposite that the honourable member for Ryan, who has just been elevated to the inner sanctum of the so-called Opposition--

Mr Lee —The bunker.

Mr HUMPHREYS —Yes, the bunker; that is correct. The Liberal Party sent out literature to people in Queensland who asked for it-and one cannot believe who is shown on the beautiful glossy brochure as the Leader of the Opposition. It is none other than the honourable member for Kooyong (Mr Peacock). He is shown as the Leader of the Opposition. All the old policies are there-there are no new policies. Reference has been made to problems in the Australian Labor Party, but I point out that honourable members opposite do not even have the money to replace all that old literature. They maintain that we are in trouble, but there they are sending out all that old literature. The President of the Liberal Party in Queensland, and the Director, Mr Gary Neat, would be interested in this. How can the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard) allow this to take place in Queensland? Who is the arch enemy of the Liberal Party in Queensland? It is none other than that famous knight, Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, who is really after the Liberal Party; he is not interested in the Labor Party. The President of the Liberal Party in Queensland has had the gall to come in here and attack the Australian Labor party and to refer to its so-called problems when honourable members opposite cannot even afford to let the people in Queensland know who is the Leader of the Opposition.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! It being 11 p.m., the House stands adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

House adjourned at 11 p.m.