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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) -The Fraser Liberal-National Country Party coalition Government has completed 12 months in control of the Treasury and we now find that it has now made a mess of the country and the Treasury. About 300 000 people are unemployed. The figure will rise to 600 000 unemployed by next March. I am not crowing; I am just making remarks. I ask honourable members to cast their minds back 12 months. The policy of the Liberal-National Country Party coalition before the 1975 election- at the time when it was the caretaker Government- was to provide full employment and to reduce the rate of inflation. We heard the debate this week on devaluation. The Government has stated that there will,be more employment. We hope it is right, but miracles are hard to come by nowadays.

If we had an election on 13 November how many new faces would be in the Parliament? The oncers in this 30th Parliament would be back in the work force. They could be on the dole and then they might query their own Government's policy. Unemployment is morally wrong. No one in Australia should be unemployed. We agree that if a person is fit she or he should have employment and should be producing and doing something worthwhile for personal satisfaction and for the country's survival. This Government is only talking; but the ship is sinking and the country and the people are being sacrificed. From experience the Fraser Government and Government supporters should wake up to the fact that the private sector of the economy is not concerned with creating jobs.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! It being 1 1 p.m. the debate is interrupted. The House stands adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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