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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 210

Mr YATES (Holt) - I rise to support the motion proposed to the House. The motor industry is a most important industry for thousands of my electors. My electorate of Holt contains the production plant of the Commodore of General Motors-Holden's Ltd. In addition, my electorate has the most advanced and most modern lorry and heavy vehicle plant in production, at International Harvester Australia Ltd. So far both companies have been agreeably helped by the Government in their propositions for the industry. Therefore, I support the whole concept of this debate taking place as it is of real interest -

Mr Lionel Bowen - How many speakers will you allow?

Mr YATES -I think I am entitled to speak on behalf of my electorate.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition not to interject. The honourable member for Holt has misunderstood the interjection. The honourable member for Holt will proceed with his argument.

Mr YATES -If the Deputy Leader of the Opposition tries to be funny about the security of employment in my electorate -

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Holt will continue with his point. That was not the purpose of the interjection by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Bourchier - I take a point of order. In fairness to the other people who may wish to speak on this matter, I submit that the honourable member for Holt is not speaking to the motion. The motion is to do away with General Business and to bring on the matter of public importance. The honourable member is speaking to that motion.

Mr SPEAKER -The point of order of the honourable member for Bendigo is quite correct. I ask the honourable member for Holt to remain relevant to the motion.

Mr YATES - As I understand it, the motion is that we will, without delay, debate now the whole concept of the motor industry. Therefore, I was rising in my place to say that I supported this motion and, secondly, I was giving reasons why I supported the motion. I contend that those two facts are absolutely in order and I intend to proceed to say why I want this debate to come on. Far too often the front bench makes arrangements with which we do not agree. This motion is one that I thoroughly support and I hope to take part in the debate because the issue seriously affects all the people in my electorate. I am grateful to the Government.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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