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Thursday, 9 May 1991
Page: 3486


Mr BRAITHWAITE(10.25 p.m.) —I will just respond quickly to the comment of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security (Mr Sciacca) about ghoulish behaviour. I believe that it is not befitting for him to make that comment when Australia is faced with an unemployment level at which one in every 10 persons who seek work is out of a job because of a deliberately engineered recession `that we had to have'. I think it ill behoves the Parliamentary Secretary to say this, particularly as this very important debate has been interrupted tonight. Tonight the Government brought in a Bill about advertising, the Political Broadcasts and Political Disclosures Bill, which means that issue had precedence over the unemployed and their future. It shows a lack of commitment by the Government. I believe it is not fitting for the Parliamentary Secretary to have made his comment.

In connection with our amendment No. 7, page 62 of the Government's own economic statement of February 1990 leads one to suggest that it was thinking of precisely the same thing as an early intervention. The Parliamentary Secretary came in here ill-prepared to consider these recommendations. Even though the Government does not accept them, we will be pursuing them most vigorously in the Senate when they come before that House.

Amendments negatived.

Progress reported.