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Monday, 8 May 1989
Page: 1954

Senator NEWMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the frigate HMAS Melbourne was launched at Williamstown on Friday, 5 May 1989,

(ii) it is the first vessel down the Williamstown slipway since Williamstown Dockyards were privatised 13 months ago, and it is the first Australian warship launched at Williamstown since the HMAS Swan 20 years ago,

(iii) this event is a source of pride and celebration,

(iv) as reported in the Weekend Australian, however, the event brought only bitter memories for former able seaman Doug Jones, a survivor of the HMAS Voyager disaster in 1964, and

(v) it was the previous HMAS Melbourne which sliced the Voyager in half, and that although 82 people lost their lives, to date only 2 of the survivors have received any compensation from the Government; and

(b) joins Mr Doug Jones in condemning the `inaccurate, insensitive and utterly stupid statements' about Voyager compensation claims by the Hawke Government, which admitted liability in relation to all Voyager survivors, paid two $250,000 compensation claims, but is now fighting to prevent any further claims.