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Tuesday, 20 May 1980
Page: 2887

Mr Keith Johnson (BURKE, VICTORIA) -I believe the Minister for Post and Telecommunications has the gist of the first two-thirds of the question I asked previously. I now ask: Is it not a fact that counsel was misled by a statement that the Ansett Transport Industries Ltd letter referred to was directed not to the Tribunal but to the Minister and, therefore, did not form part of the Tribunal's files?

Mr STALEY -The honourable member is asking for still more information in this area. I am happy, of course, to have the record checked. I have rather more work to do than I anticipated. Therefore, while -

Opposition members interjecting-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister will resume his seat. When the House comes to orderparticularly honourable members on the Opposition benches- I will call the Minister to resume his answer. I ask honourable members, particularly the honourable members for Chifley, Newcastle and Hunter, to remain silent. I call the Minister.

Mr Armitage -Mr Speaker,I raise a point of order. The Minister said that he had more important things to do than answer questions in this Parliament. This is an insult to the Parliament. You, Mr Speaker, should uphold the dignity of this Parliament.

Mr SPEAKER -I will uphold the dignity of the chamber. I will find it much easier to do so if the honourable member for Chifley does not take specious points of order. The Minister did not say what the honourable member for Chifley alleges he said. There is no point of order.

Mr STALEY - I have been asked serious questions by members of the Opposition. I propose to check the record carefully to ensure that proper answers are given. That is all that was implied in my reply.

Mr Holding - Before the election?

Mr STALEY - I shall do so.

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