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Tuesday, 9 November 1976


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The question was asked and the Prime Minister is entitled to answer without an array- of interjections. I call upon the Opposition not to interject.


Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I have the opportunity of reminding the House that it was the policies of the previous Administration that did so much to harm rural producers and exporters in general. If that were not a deliberate act of policy I would like to know how else it could be described. We had the circumstances in which the Prime Minister of the day and presumably the Treasurer of the day were proposing that the reserve price for wool be reduced from 250c to 200c a kilogram. If that were not a deliberate act to try to take it out on the rural sector I do not know what it was. The Treasurer has made it plain in this recent move that funds for profit productive enterprises are not to be restricted. That is not the purpose of the move at all, especially in relation to groups that have been hard hit by past decisions and past policies. The honourable gentleman may also rest assured that in relation to the area which he has mentioned of the so-called small borrowers or larger borrowers there will be no movement of interest rates.







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