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Thursday, 22 September 1983
Page: 1139

Mr HODGMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House notes with shame that-

(1) notwithstanding the notices of motion of the honourable member for Denison given on 8, 14, 20 and 21 September 1983, the Government has still failed to provide one single job for any of the 377 workers displaced from their employment as a result of its action in halting the Gordon-below-Franklin power development scheme, and

(2) the Government at the date hereof has still not paid one cent in compensation to the State of Tasmania.

Mr Lionel Bowen-Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance on a matter of procedure. I think this is the fifth or sixth notice of motion that the honourable member has moved in the same terms. The Notice Paper certainly has to bear the notices of motion that have been given with some intelligence and some authority, but on this occasion I draw your attention to the fact that the Premier of Tasmania said in a radio broadcast on 20 September that he had no intention of signing the agreement at this stage.

Mr Hodgman —This is not true.

Mr Lionel Bowen-It is true. I am quoting. The Premier said:

There is no immediate urgency about signing the agreement. We have catered for all the employment of Tasmania and when we are good and ready we will sign it.

Mr Speaker, I would like you to have a look at--

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the House has departed-

Mr Lionel Bowen-Mr Speaker, I would like you to rule on the fact that we have been given five or six-

Mr SPEAKER —Yes, I am just about to do that.

Mr Lionel Bowen-notices of motion about a matter that the Premier of Tasmania does not want raised in this House.

Mr Sinclair-Mr Speaker, may I speak on a point of order?

Mr SPEAKER —There is no need. I am ready to rule on the point of order. The notices of motion presented by the honourable member for Denison are quite within the Standing Orders of the House.

Mr Newman-I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. With all due respect, although you allowed the Leader of the House to make that point of order and make it seriously, I think it should not have happened and-

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Bass will resume his seat. If he disagrees with the ruling of the Chair he knows what action he must take.