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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3029


Mr HASLEM - I direct my question to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations. Is the Minister aware of an advertisement which appeared in the Canberra Times last Saturday seeking support for the Australian Labor Party candidate for the seat of Canberra, Dr Lawrence? I ask the Minister whether he is aware that that advertisement states:

Canberra's unemployment is seven times greater than it was before Fraser.

What is the true position with respect to the increase in unemployment in Canberra, and is that advertisement a he?


Mr STREET - Yes, I am aware of the recent misleading advertisement to which the honourable gentleman refers. I consider it a most serious matter that the Labor Party should so mislead the people of the Australian Capital Territory. The facts are that in the period from December 1972 to December 1975-the years of the Labor Administration- the level of unemployment in the Australian Capital Territory and Queanbeyan rose by approximately 224 per cent. Since December 1975 the level of unemployment in the Australian Capital Territory has risen by a further 83 per cent. These figures are publicly available and they give the lie to the claim made in the advertisement of the Labor Party candidate. I think it is not good enough that the Labor Party should mislead the people of the Australian Capital Territory in this way. I am pleased to take the opportunity to set the record straight. In addition let me say that unemployment in the Australian Capital Territory is still well below the national average.







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