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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr MALCOLM FRASER -The honourable gentleman is remarkable for his silence on earlier occasions. In 1974 and 1975 his own administration increased government expenditure by 46 per cent. In that year unemployment rose by something approaching 200 000-between 180 000 and 200 000. The honourable gentleman well knows it was the very grave and lasting damage done by his Administration's policies, which he never for one moment criticised, that led to the difficult unemployment position in this country. The honourable gentleman has the great distinction of belonging to a political party whose significant and principal spokesman on labour matters has put on record in this Parliament that a 5 per cent level of unemployment is a proper figure to aim for.

Mr Uren - Who said that?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - A significant and leading member of the Australian Labor Party, Mr Les Haylen, when he was the member for Parkes.

Opposition members interjecting-

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