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Tuesday, 18 September 1973
Page: 1138

Mr CONNOR (Cunningham) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - The honourable member for Farrer (Mr Fairbairn), with his best patrician accent, has chosen to attempt to heap coals of fire upon the head of the Government. Abuse is no argument. Of course, hell hath no fury like a minister Who has lost his portfolio, particularly a minister who has to his eternal discredit the give-away of the offshore oil reserves of Australia. That was the biggest, wealthiest and most important sellout of minerals in Australia's history. Let him inspect the bottom of his own tub and see the mess that is in it. So much for the honourable member; I would not waste further words on him.

This, today, is the position: Instead of talking in terms of the loss to Australia we might very well talk of the gain. For example, there is record production in minerals both in volume and in value. There is a record export of minerals in volume and value. There is record production of iron ore and coal. Paraburdoo is out of wraps. There is record production of bauxite and alumina.

Mr Viner - No thanks to the present Government.

Mr CONNOR - Shut up, you young pup.

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