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Thursday, 25 August 1983
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Mr GOODLUCK(11.42) —I am very pleased to join in this debate. I will look at you, Mr Deputy Speaker, rather than at members of the Government so that I do not get deterred from what I want to say. This is a grievance debate and one has to be very careful with grievances. I have a grievance against the Government and, in particular, about South West Tasmania. As my good friend the honourable member for Braddon (Mr Groom) said to me before I started, 'Bruce, do not let the sun go down on your wrath'. I suppose that is applicable. I would like to give honourable members opposite a good serve but the honourable member for Braddon gave them such a good serve yesterday I do not think it is necessary . I think that those people in Tasmania realise what has happened. I think most people know what the Government did to us. They will learn. The honourable member for Braddon made the point yesterday that Tasmania has five Opposition members. That is terribly important. I think it will be remembered. The Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism (Mr John Brown) is at the table. He needs a little bit of a serve. He is not a bad fellow, they tell me, but he serves it up a bit. Yesterday he said that Tasmania was a minor State. The Minister for Tourism said Tasmania was a minor State. I believe that he owes an apology to all Tasmanians because he will not get a tourist visa unless he does so.

Mr John Brown —I apologise. You are a major State.

Mr GOODLUCK —He apologised. You see, Mr Deputy Speaker, I can extract things from him very easily.

Mr Newman —What about the $10m he promised.

Mr GOODLUCK —Yes, he has promised $10m to Tasmania. I am sure that we will get the $10m he promised for the South West of Tasmania.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drummond) —Order! I invite the honourable member to comply with his original intention and to address his remarks to the Chair.

Mr GOODLUCK —I said that I would not mention Tasmania but I am afraid that I have had to mention it a little. I will comment on the Budget. It is good to see the honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman) come into the chamber and to see the honourable member for Braddon here also. It is good to get a little support. That is what we need. That is the reason we stick together. If we work together we will succeed. The trouble with the Liberal Party-I will not give it a serve today of course-is that although it is framing what it will do in the future, it seems to be talking to the wrong people. No one has spoken to me. The Party cannot understand the reason we won in Tasmania; we had the pulse of the ordinary person. The socialists over there-the Government-have lost it.

Mr Leo McLeay —Mr Deputy Speaker, I take a point of order. I know it is important that the honourable member for Franklin (Mr Goodluck) should address his little soiree over there, but could you direct the honourable member to address his remarks through the Chair so that we can all understand him?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —There is no substance to the point of order. I call the honourable member for Franklin.

Mr GOODLUCK —I think that the Liberals should consult more with the Tasmanians because we have proven that we can win. Winning is terribly important. We have won in Tasmania, and we will win again and again. We are now the only Liberal State. I believe that Tasmanians should stay together and stop some of the manipulations that occur in Tasmania. All Tasmanian members of the House of Representatives, and the Senate and the other people involved in the Tasmanian Party can work towards becoming the outstanding light for the Liberal Party. We could develop it all over Australia. But we must be firm about what we stand for . We must not equivocate on certain matters, such as the family. We should make sure that we are different from members of the Government.

The other day I attended a rally-an anti-nuclear, anti-USS Texas rally. I was surprised to see Labor Party people on the platform. There are some good people in the Labor Party, but it seems to attract the minority groups. I was amazed. The speakers were attacking the United States of America and the fact that a United States ship was entering the port of Hobart. Dr Bob Brown and Dr Norman Sanders were on the platform. I thought: 'What gives?'. They were attacking the United States. Unfortunately, not a word was uttered about Russia. The peace and disarmament movement should be sincere and fair. I know that there are some very sincere people involved in it. Very little was said by them about the Russian base which was mooted for Hobart. But when an American ship comes in, all hell breaks loose. Dr Sanders had the audacity to say that he left the United States because it was not good enough for his family. He came to Tasmania and ruined it . I say that he should go back to the United States. He might do some good over there. He had the audacity to stand on the platform and say certain things. He continually writes to the Melbourne Age stating that the State Government will do certain things in Tasmania. He incites the workers by saying that the State Government will chop down the trees and burn the forests. He is a rabble rouser. I am not a rabble rouser.

They are the types of people that get involved with the Labor Party. Some good people are involved. Not all Government members are bad. But the Labor Party attracts trendy groups. In Tasmania we have a unique opportunity to stand firm about what we believe in. People will support us. A woman came up to me at the rally. She was a nice woman with a baby in a pram. She had a scarf on which was printed 'peace and disarmament'. I thought that she should have been at home that afternoon. She needed to do something with the pram and the baby and look after the family a bit better; then she might achieve disarmament and peace. The Labor Party attracts that type of person. We must set down very clear guidelines about what we stand for. I return to the Budget. How much time do I have?

Mr Hodgman —Not enough.

Mr GOODLUCK —Not enough, I know.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drummond) —Order! I remind the honourable member that this is a grievance debate. We are not debating the Budget.

Mr GOODLUCK —I have a grievance on the Budget. This coming together is terribly important--

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —I remind the honourable member that under Standing Orders the Budget is listed for debate later in the day.

Mr GOODLUCK —I will not talk about the Budget. I will talk about the price of petroleum and liquefied petroleum gas. It is a real worry. We should talk about coming together on the very important subject of petrol and LPG prices. All over Australia there are variations in the price of petrol. In Hobart at the moment-I did not want to mention Tasmania specifically, I could mention the Australian Capital Territory-we are paying 6c a litre more for our petrol than is paid in Melbourne.

Mr Leo McLeay —But you don't have so far to drive.

Mr GOODLUCK —We cannot walk across the water. The price of LPG has risen four times since Christmas. We are now paying 30c a litre for LPG and, in fact, we export about 90 per cent of our LPG to Japan for about 16c a litre.

Mr Simmons —When you were in government what did you do about LPG prices?

Mr GOODLUCK —I am interested in talking about coming together. You are not interested in consensus. The wiry-haired little coot who sits at the table-he is not there now-talks about consensus. He has no idea about consensus. I return to the question of LPG prices. We are paying 30c a litre for LPG. It is far too expensive. There have been four increases since Christmas. LPG is getting out of the range of the ordinary person. Many people converted to LPG because it is an efficient fuel for a motor vehicle. It is used in restaurants and by hoteliers and in heating for pensioners and others. We have to look at it very carefully.

Mr Leo McLeay —Would you convert your car to run on hot air?

Mr GOODLUCK —I do not know what the honourable member said. He is a lighthouse man; he is a beacon that has gone out! But he is all right. We should start talking about petrol-I am not talking about the Budget-because it is terribly important and because the price of petrol is going up. The increase of 2c a litre will have a flow-on effect right through the economy. The price of goods will go up. It makes it difficult for the average working man. That is the very important point. Honourable members opposite are not for the working people; they are for the trendy educationists. There are some lovely young children and some caring teachers. What a shame that at the last election the Australian Teachers Federation gave $750,000 to the Australian Labor Party. A teacher ran against me but she could not beat me, with all her money. I return to the very important point about petrol. We could work together on this petrol problem. We could all come together. We could have a committee of parliament and start looking at the price of petrol, which is terribly important. If the Government does not deal with this problem it will go down at the next election.