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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - It is nothing of the kind; it is the. effect of six years of war. The Government has had to carry tremendous responsibilities during the war years. . Restrictive regulations of one kind and another have been necessary. It is not to be expected that all controls can be released within a few months of the end of the greatest war the world has ever known. To expect all controls tff be removed even twelve months after the cessation of hostilities is to expect the impossible. When production is possible in sufficient volume to meet all demands, controls can be removed. The people will then have both the spending power and the supply of goods to provide for all necessaries of life and some of the luxuries to which they are justly entitled. Human nature being what it is, unrest is inevitable. The Government, in spite of all that has been said by the honorable member for Fawkner, has a great record of achievement, and it has done a great deal to bridge the gap between the people who have and those who have not. A few years ago, an anti-Labour government declared that it had not sufficient money to provide work for the unemployed. The shops were full of goods, but people were hungry because they did not have any money with which to purchase them. This Government has wisely taken -action to prevent a repetition of that state of affairs by introducing unemployment, sickness and hospital benefits, increasing pensions and rehabilitating ex-servicemen. No one suggests that there have not been some weaknesses and imperfections in the work that has been clone. Last Monday, I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference of a certain organization in the city of Launceston. This was a non-political body, but J. believe that the members of it are not supporters of the Labour party. When moving the toast of "Parliament", one of the members said that he had met the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) only once, but that he was greatly impressed with him. He said, " Mr. Chifley is a man who. keeps his word ". What greater tribute could be paid to the Prime Minister than that? Some people are wearing in their lapels to-day a small badge bearing the slogan " Chifley spells security ".

Mr Fadden - Why is not the honorable member wearing one of those badges ?

Mr BARNARD - I have personal reasons. I do not wear badges of any description. I believe that Chifley stands for security. I base that' statement on our experience since he has been the Treasurer and on his record as Prime Minister. At the forthcoming elections, the people will . decide in favour of Chifley, the Labour party and the Labour Government. They will endorse the remarks of the speaker at the Launceston conference that Chifley is a man who can be trusted and who keeps his word. Quite contrary to the statement of the honorable member for Fawkner, I believe that the Seventeenth Parliament of the Commonwealth will go down in the annals of Australia as one which displayed great legislative activity, foresight and anility, and which conferred great benefit upon the .. people.

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