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Wednesday, 26 September 1973
Page: 1522


Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - The Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) has contributed nothing. He is only delaying the proceedings of this House. In fact it was only last week that the issues which we are to debate again in a very short time were well and truly worked through by both sides of this Parliament. The fact is that he has been caught out. He has been caught out on a hypocritical performance. He is the man who has been running around this community talking about a prices-income policy and about demand management as though they are the latest trendy slogans, without ever filling out what it is that he has in mind. He made some vague reference to assuming powers from the States and asked what will happen then. He has never specified it. Presumably we will develop a semaphore system with the States, message our proposals out to them and then wait months for replies at very irregular intervals. Imagine running the economy of this country dependent upon the several different decision making processes of the States.


Mr Lynch - I rise on a point of order. All that the Minister is saying is totally irrelevant to this debate.







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