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Friday, 3 December 1976


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The House will come to order. I call the Prime Minister.


Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Mr Speaker,I was waiting till the Opposition is quieter. I repeat that the honourable gentleman belongs to the only political party in Australia that has ever put that on the official record in this Parliament. Honourable gentlemen opposite do not like it. It might have been some time ago but the honourable member who made that statement was speaking with the full force of the Labor movement. The honourable gentleman knows quite well that the policies of this Government are returning Australia to economic recovery; the policies of this Government -


Mr Young - I rise to order. Unfortunately, the Opposition's spokesman on industrial relations is not in the House at the moment.


Mr SPEAKER - What is the point of order?


Mr Young - There has been gross misrepresentation. The Prime Minister has said that the Opposition spokesman on labour matters -


Mr SPEAKER -There is no point of order. The honourable gentleman will resume his seat.

Mr Young. . . has said that S per cent unemployment -


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman will resume his seat.


Mr Young - Mr Speaker,you are unfairly protecting the Prime Minister.


Mr SPEAKER -I am not. There is no point of order.


Mr Young - Can the Prime Minister continue to say that Les Haylen, who left this Parliament in 1966 -


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman will resume his seat.

Mr Youngis the Labor spokesman


Mr Uren


Mr Young


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman will resume his seat.


Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Honourable gentlemen know quite well that the policies of this Government, and especially a number of the policies introduced by my colleague the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, have shown a particular concern for young people who have not been able to get jobs. A number of the policies that have been introduced are operating with remarkable success; so much success that the Tasmanian Premier wanted some of those policies extended as they have in fact been extended.

While I am on my feet I take the opportunity to put into the Hansard record quite accurately -


Mr Uren - Mr Speaker,I raise a point of order.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will wait until I have heard what the Prime Minister is about to say.


Mr Uren - Mr Speaker,I have a point of order. If the Prime Minister is going to put the record right he should put it right by pointing out that

Mr LeslieHaylen left this House in 1963. He is the spokesman for the Labor Party whom the Prime Minister was quoting.


Mr SPEAKER -There is no substance in the point of order.


Mr Scholes -Mr Speaker,I raise a point of order. The Prime Minister is about to make a personal explanation in the context of answering a question. I think he should do that at the proper time and in the proper circumstances.


Mr SPEAKER -There is no substance in the point of order. The Prime Minister made a reference to the Leader of the Opposition. He was challenged on that. The right honourable gentleman then said that he would send for the quotation so that it could be read to the House. While the right honourable gentleman was on his feet answering a question he went on to produce that quotation. I will hear what he has to say.


Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Let me add to the answer I was giving to the last question. I em- phasise that 95 per cent of those who left school last year have got jobs. They are in useful, productive occupations. The particular concern of the Government has been directed at the minoritybut an important minority- who have not been able to get jobs. The policies which have been introduced have been directed to that end. Honourable gentlemen opposite do not like belonging to a party which has on record in Hansard the matter to which I have referred. Everyone knows that Les Haylen left this place a fair while ago. But the Party still stands for the same thing, because it is the Party which created unemployment in this country. I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Uren - Mr Speaker,I raise a point of order. Accusations have been made by the Prime Minister against Mr Leslie Haylen. He is not here to defend his position. Everyone knows that he was a great Labor man. He stood for full employment. The Prime Minister is reflecting on him, because there is ample evidence in Hansard to contradict what the Prime Minister has said.


Mr SPEAKER -There is no substance in the point of order.







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