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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - Yes, I did hear the lead story on AM this morning. Quite frankly, I was disgusted because I thought that it was a pretty poor standard of journalism. Here we had someone using the national airwaves to put forward unsourced and unsubstantiated statements. I find this action extraordinary. We need only pick up any newspaper or listen to radio and television day after day to read and to hear what is said by prominent Australians who are engaged, as the person concerned said today, in 'banking, economic and industrial circles' at the annual meetings of their companies or at public engagements. We encourage them to say quite clearly what they believe on economic issues. Yet this young gentleman this morning claims that he could not find one person to put a name to the information that he saw fit to put over the Australian Broadcasting Commission network.

Mr Hurford - They have been talking down the economy. That is what you have been accusing me of doing.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) -It is helpful for the Australian community to hear the voices of the wreckers, that is, to hear the interjections that are being made by the people who wrecked the economy over 3 years.

Mr Hayden - Do not be so modest. It was all done by Phil himself.

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