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Wednesday, 16 March 1977

Dr KLUGMAN (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Prime Minister recall the first sentence of his Treasurer's economic statement delivered on 15 February which was to the effect that the year 1 976 was a year of considerable progress towards the aims 'we have set ourselves in bringing Australia's economic problems under control"? Is it a fact that employment in the private sector in Australia during that year fell by 7000 and that it increased in the public sector by about the same number? Does that not show that the Government's policy of slashing the public sector and expanding the private sector is unsuccessful on both counts?

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