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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 2733

Mr SCHOLES (Corio) (12:14 PM) - 1 was rather disturbed by the remarks of the honourable member for Macarthur (Mr Jeff Bate). I realise that in the brief visits he makes to the Parliament from time to time he feels he must make sufficient noise to be heard. The point he has made - I hope the honourable member for Herbert (Mr Bonnett) will refute it - is that this organisation should have a council which is exclusively manned by people who live in Townsville. I think that is a completely irrational proposition. This marine institute, as the honourable member for Herbert (Mr Bonnett) has said, is an organisation which is to be called the Australian Institute of Marine Science. I would hope that any self-respecting person, and any self-respecting government, would want that organisation to have a council which consisted of the best people available to run such an institute. If we are to take at face value what the honourable member for Macarthur has said and if there are not 5 or 7 people qualified in this field in Townsville, the institute is to be filled with cow cockies or someone else. The honourable member for Herbert has not to this stage said that the institute should have people from Townsville only on its council.

Mr Bonnett - It will not, either.

Mr SCHOLES - I am glad of that interjection because I believe that the honourable member for Macarthur did the honourable member for Herbert a disservice in what he said. I believe that the honourable member for Herbert as the person who represents this area would want the best possible body of men to run this institute. The amendment which is before the Committee relates to a difference on how the council would be constituted. It is nothing more or less. It is nothing to do with local parochialisms or anything of that nature as was suggested by a previous speaker. I hope that the Committee will look at this amendment on the basis of the best method of forming the council and will vote on that basis and not on the basis of what could only be described as 'simpleton parochialism of the worst type'.

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