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At this point discussions were being held about the proposed ALCOA
aluminium smelter in Portland, the site of which was in Prime
Minister Malcolm Fraser's electorate.
Negotiations were going on about the proposed price of electricity
for the enterprise. Premier Lindsay Thompson had doubts about the
costs and flexibility of electricity prices that would be subsidised
by the State of Victoria. Opposition Leader John Cain had
environmental as well as cost problems under review.