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Wednesday, 24 October 1973

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Leader of the Government in the Senate aware that at the request of conservation bodies, citizen and resident action groups, the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation has imposed green bans' on development in the Sydney region to an estimated value of $3,000m? Do not these community organisations see the union bans as their only safeguard against the follies of officialdom? Can the Minister assess the effects of these bans on the already overheated building industry, and state whether the Federal Government sees the green bans as an important tool in the country's fight against inflation? Will the Minister agree that if all these bans were lifted, the demands on resources in the building industry would seriously worsen the inflationary pressures in the economy and harm the Government's endeavours to solve the housing crisis?

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