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Tuesday, 15 March 1966


Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) .- We have heard an interesting disquisition from the honorable member for Riverina (Mr. Armstrong). After the honorable member concluded, neither he nor anyone else in this place quite knew the point that he was trying to make or whether he was trying to defend the contentions of the dairying industry in Australia in relation to the alarm that its representatives have been expressing following upon the announcement of the New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement. As I understand the Labour Party's intention it is to express concern at, and to oppose to the fullest extent permitted by the forms of procedure of the House, those sections of the Agreement which are, by their nature, deleterious to the interests of Australian primary industry. We do this for very good reasons, some of which have been outlined by my colleague the honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Gray). I shall be discussing some of these reasons in the course of this address to the House.

I feel that one point made by the honorable member for Capricornia was particularly appropriate: The Country Party section of the Government, merely by using the word " Country " in its designation, has been outstandingly successful in promoting itself in the electorate as representative of rural interests, But in fact the Country Party has done little to fight to establish or to entrench the interests of country people. As my colleague pointed out, a growing understanding of this can be read into the rebuff given to this Liberal Party and Country Party Government in the Dawson by-election, where the Country Party's candidate was soundly defeated. We will see this rebuff carried further in the Maranoa electorate at the next Federal election. There, too, the Country Party candidate will be defeated by the Labour Party. An even more competent and effective job will be done in the seat of McPherson where the Liberals will cut off the head of the sitting Minister. It is interesting to note that the Liberals in Queensland are circulating an analysis of the voting trends -







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