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GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S OPENING SPEECH-ADDRESS-IN-REPLY

Order of the Day read for the consideration of the Governor-General's Opening Speech.

Senator Reynolds moved-That the following Address-in-Reply be agreed to:

To His Excellency the Governor-General

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY- We, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign, and thank Your Excellency for the Speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament.

Senator Cook seconded the motion.

Senator Peter Rae moved an amendment, viz: That the following words be added to the Address-in-Reply: '', but the Senate is of the opinion that- (1) The programme outlined in the Governor-General's speech will result in higher unemployment and represents a callous disregard of the needs of the Australian people.

(2) The Governor-General's speech fails to identify a legislative program for the implementation of the policies promised by the Government during the recent election campaign, for instance-

(a) it fails to develop a viable blueprint for economic recovery and development ;

(b) it fails to honour the commitment to reduce taxation;

(c) it fails to develop any programmes for better industrial relations;

(d) it fails to develop any policies for the steel industry or manufacturing industry generally;

(e) it fails to honour the commitment to reduce the tax burden on small business ; and

(f) it fails to provide any specific measures to assist primary producers who are recovering from the drought''.

Debate continued.

On the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.