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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 208

Mr YOUNG (Port Adelaide) -I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr YOUNG - Yes, I do. During Question Time the Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs (Mr Viner) said that during a recent visit to Western Australia I had denigrated that was the term he used the job opportunities that might arise from the mineral and associated industries which will develop in Western Australia during the 1980s. I did no such thing. During the trip to Western Australia I had occasion to speak to the industrial relations seminar. I went to the State electorate of Murdoch and spoke to some 50 or 60 young unemployed people in that electorate. That part of Perth has the highest youth unemployment in Australia. I also spoke to the Press about my views on employment and unemployment, not just in Western Australia but in Australia. I have never denigrated job opportunities arising out of any industry, but I do believe that all Australians, whether they are working or whether they are unemployed, are entitled to be told the truth.

The truth is that in Western Australia, in spite of the announcements being made about the amount of development that will take place in that State over the next five or six years, there is no chance that the people who are unemployed at the moment, let alone those who will leave school and who will be unable to find work over the next five or six years, will be able to find jobs in industries that will be developed over the next five or six years. I said that in Western Australia. I said that it was false to claim, as Mr Viner has done so often and as Sir Charles Court is now doing, that this was going to bring about some sort of miracle whereby all Western Australians would find jobs.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman is now debating the matter.

Mr YOUNG - May I just conclude with this point. Western Australia is in dire straits as far as employment is concerned.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman is now debating the matter. I ask him to resume his seat.

Mr YOUNG - Every member of this national Parliament ought to be concerned about it and we ought to tell the young people of Western Australia the truth. Mr Viner will not do it.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member for Port Adelaide will resume his seat. I warn the honourable member for Port Adelaide that if he continues to speak despite my request that he cease and resume his seat I will take action against him without further warning.

Mr Hodgman - He is just a golliwog.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member for Denison will remain silent and not interject in that fashion when I am dealing with an honourable member; otherwise he also will be dealt with immediately.

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