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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Brimblecombe (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - Order! I remind the honorable member that this has nothing to do with the bill.

Mr TURNBULL - The answer to the problem is transparently simple. If there are sufficient people in country areas, freights and other charges to the industries that operate in those areas are soon reduced. A child in the kindergarten would know that. My advocacy is that more votes be given to country areas so that the people in those areas may bring about lower freights to the seaboard. Then the factories operating in the country will be able to send their goods overseas and to other markets as cheaply as can industries in metropolitan areas. The primary producer has to pay heavy freight on everything that he sends to the city and on everything that he brings from the city. If we only had a true Australian outlook, all these things would be known to all of us and we would see to it that Australia had a more evenly divided population. This would result in balanced development, which we cannot achieve while we continue to increase the density of population in city areas. Our attitude towards the provisions of the Electoral Act that I have mentioned is outmoded. Let us put this act into full use in order to decentralize the population and so do something for the future of Australia.

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