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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 3864

Mr REITH —Is the Prime Minister aware that since his Government came to office in 1983, government overseas debt has risen from the equivalent of $905 to $2,330 for every man, woman and child in Australia? Does he believe that as a consequence Australians are better off in this respect than they were 3 1/2 years ago?

Mr HAWKE —There is no doubt that Australians today are infinitely better off than they were when they were in the condition that we inherited after the Opposition's pathetic performance.

Opposition members interjecting-

Mr HAWKE —I know honourable members opposite do not like hearing this. Rather than go through the catalogue of our achievements and the dismal record of the Opposition's failures, I will once again remind the House of the judgment made by the Liberal Party's own Mr Hyde who unequivocally stated that this was a better government than the previous one. As on so many other occasions, he was 100 per cent right.