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Wednesday, 4 April 1973
Page: 1067

Mr CHARLES JONES (Newcastle) (Minister for Transport) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr CHARLES JONES - Yes, by the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald - Cameron). He accused me of nepotism with respect to the Newcastle electorate and said that I gave favoured treatment to the State Dockyard by allocating the Australian National Line's 'Seacoaster' to it. The Newcastle State Dockyard secured that vessel because its tender was $2m lower than the tender of Evans Deakin and Sim lower than the tender from Adelaide Ship Construction. Regarding his accusations of nepotism because of the decision of the Government to build a graving dock in Newcastle, I point out that that was the recommendation of the interdepartmental committee which reported to the previous Government on this matter. It recommended that a 120,000-ton dock be built at Newcastle.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I rise to a point of order. From what the Minister has said, am I to understand that for $lm or $2m the Minister is prepared to see the Evans Deakin shipyard closed down.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - What is the honourable member's point of order?

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I am just asking whether that is a valid point of order.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - No point of order is involved and the honourable member will resume his seat.

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