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Monday, 6 December 1976
Page: 3295

Mr BRADFIELD (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister Will he state the Government's attitude on wages policy? Is the Government in favour of full wage indexation?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) -The Government has made its position on wages policy very plain. It is not in favour of full indexation in the circumstances that confront us at the present time or that are likely to confront us in the future. It was interesting to note that just a few days ago on the program State of the Nation, when Mr Hurford was being questioned, he seemed to offer some support for the Government's policy. The transcript of the program records the following question:

What, full wage indexation is Labor Party policy?

To which Mr Hurford is recorded as having responded:

No, it isn't, because the Labor Party doesn't pretend in this sort of area that you can plan ahead very far.

I thank the honourable gentleman for his support.

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