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Friday, 12 June 1970

Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Unless the honourable member has placed his question on the notice paper ] am not necessarily engaged now in any such calculation. I am quite sure that whatever his Party's housing policy is, he is so extravagant in all the promises he makes - this is one of his political characteristics - that its cost would be of a very high order. If the Leader of the Opposition will give me some order of priority for answers to the many questions he has placed on the notice paper-

Mr Whitlam - I have the answer, after 12 weeks.

Mr BURY - If the honourable member has the answer then I take it he is now content about that matter. He is inviting me to make all kinds of other estimates. The fact is that the official machine for which 1 am now responsible has a great task to do. lt generally is very overloaded and all these matters take a great deal of time and absorb a lot of energy. Naturally priorities have to be given. It would be nice to do an infinite number of things. I gather that the honourable member is quite happy and satisfied and I will leave him in that condition as often as I can.

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