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Thursday, 15 December 1983
Page: 3900

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE(3.58) —I will say very little else except in response to the point of order that was raised. It is interesting that we can spend 18 hours talking about sex discrimination legislation which will not be passed through the Parliament this session and spend less than an hour talking about spending $350m of taxpayers' money.

Senator Georges —Well, stay within the Standing Orders.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —I am; keep your eye on the ball. With enormous excess capacity overseas, notwithstanding that the Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd may be able to reduce its prices in a very modest way, surely the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button) is not suggesting that it is likely that we will be able to increase the size of our export market when the price of overseas steel is so low. I cannot see any way in which it is likely that we will increase our quantity of exports.