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Wednesday, 7 September 1983
Page: 453

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Leader of the House)(10.58) —I thank the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall) for his support of the motion. I make it very clear, however, that I deplore the remarks he made about the honourable member for Port Adelaide (Mr Young) who I think would be able to say clearly that he has done everything appropriate by resigning from his position as a Minister. I think it is unfair and quite beneath the normal credibility that I have always attributed to the honourable member for Boothby to attack a man in this position. I make it very clear, as I said yesterday in the House, that that very matter is still the subject of determination by Mr Justice Hope. The honourable member is pre-judging it here, Mr Speaker, by casting aspersions on the merit or otherwise of other actions. In other words, a sanction already operates here. I think we need say no more about it.

It is deporable to think that the former Minister-who is not even a member of the Committee-is attacked on the basis that the Committee itself is not able to continue its work when in fact the whole idea of this motion is to enable the Committee to complete its report and further deliberations. It just does not add up. We have a very effective Special Minister of State who will be able to deal with all matters that are reported from time to time by this Committee. Perhaps the Opposition would be better advised to get on with the issue of electoral reform rather than party politics.

Question resolved in the affirmative.