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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 1011

Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted?

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Not that book, is it?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Turn it up. No, of course leave is not granted.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Well, at the very least, Mr Speaker-

Mr SPEAKER - I think it is a bit too much to ask that a booklet be included in Hansard. We have to make arrangements with the Government Printer. It is a big job to put the whole of a booklet in Hansard. The Printer will complain about this, as he has done in the past.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Leave has been refused.I am not arguing about that. But, at the very least, may I ask that a comparative trade summary for the years 1967-68 to 1971-72, as set out at page 17 of the report, be incorporated in Hansard.

Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted?

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I would just like to have a look at it.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - That is the table.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I cannot read it from here.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Is leave granted or is it refused?

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I do not know what it is. You say that it is something, but I cannot see it.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I will read it into Hansard. I have sufficient time to do so in the generous half an hour that the Parliament has given me. In 1967-68 the total tonnage which passed through the port was 330,000. In 1968-69 the total tonnage which passed through the port was 473,000 or a little better. In 1969-70 the total tonnage which passed through the port was 609,000.

In 1970-71 it was 842,000. In 1971-72 it was 922,000. That table shows a very steady growth and expansion of the total tonnage through the port. Again this does not find reflection in the document prepared by the Minister's troubleshooter. It shows that there is in that document not a prejudice but an incomplete account of what in fact has been happening at Portland. I think that is regrettable. The Minister for Labour and the report which was mentioned referred to obligations of the State Government. The State Government has accepted those obligations. Facilities have been provided at Portland which enable cargoes to be handled quickly and efficiently - perhaps in a better manner than in many other ports around the coast.

But at a meeting convened by the Honourable Murray Byrne a short while ago - again at which members of all the political parties in Victoria were represented - various matters were pursued. One aspect of the report which was anticipated by that meeting is the suggestion that the establishment of a container facility for roll-on roll-off vessels should be given consideration as a first step in a co-ordinated approach to ensuring the future of the port. This matter was discussed at length. The Honourable Murray Byrne has established a committee, consisting of the Chairman of the Marine Board, the Chairman of the Portland Harbour Trust and a Treasury official, which will be visiting many different places in Victoria and taking evidence to ascertain what additional measures might and ought properly to be undertaken by the State in further increasing trade through the port of Portland. So the State certainly is doing its share and it is anticipating the aspects mentioned in the report by the Minister's troubleshooter. But I am glad to have the Minister's recognition of responsibility and I am glad that, even if he tried to cloud it in a smokescreen, he has conceded victory to Portland and to all those who have been fighting for the outports around the coast. I am delighted with the decision and, except for the politicking, I am delighted with the Minister himself.

Debate (on motion by Mr Riordan) adjourned.

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