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Wednesday, 2 October 1974
Page: 1607

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKM AN -I would say he had not seen a lot of things. He had not even seen the light of day. He was still up there reflecting on the glory of being Prime Minister- the magnificent. We have got to the stage now at which we have a Deputy Prime Minister in the other place who yesterday or the day before made a magnificent discovery. He found that we could cure inflation by productivity.

Senator Young - Amazing.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN -A magnificent discovery. But he wants to cure inflation with productivity without giving any incentive whatever. He wants people to do it for the love of their country.

Senator Georges - Rubbish.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN -Senator Georges has been here for only 5 minutes and he has not heard what I have said.

Senator Georges - Five minutes! I have been here all the time. I am hoping you will not sit down before 6 o'clock.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKM AN -I can keep going that long. The Deputy Prime Minister said that productivity is the thing. Let me remind honourable senators that the Liberal PartyCountry Party Government did not discover this in the 1950s or even in the 1960s, but it certainly recognised at that time that productivity had to be the thing that would get Australia on the way to achieving the prosperity that this country is now enjoying. It recognised also that if productivity was to be obtained there had to be incentives. So the Liberal Party-Country Party Government brought legislation into this chamber giving incentives to the people to develop the wealth of this country.

Senator Georges - But you gave it to only a section of the country.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I would think, from looking at all sections, and acting on the advice given by Senator Georges' 2 colleagues who had made contributions in this debate, that all sections of the community must be prosperous at present. That is what those 2 senators would say. So those policies developed by the Liberal Party-Country Party Government in the 1950s and 1960s brought the country to that situation, and that situation was developed by fostering free enterprise, which is something of which honourable senators on that side of the House seem to be very critical.

Senator Georges - You are contradictory there because you have said that you should give incentives from the public purse and yet on the other hand you believe in private enterprise. Surely you believe in subsidies to certain sections of the community.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I just want to remind the honourable senator that free enterprise in this country, as Senator Townley said, has been responsible for the provision of 75 per cent of the available jobs at present. Private enterprise has done this. It produces the goods and services which the people of this country apparently demand or want. It creates community wealth, of which I have just spoken, and because of free enterprise, with people going out to work and gaining for themselves more of the things of life in return for money, it creates tax revenue with which this Government is able to introduce its program of welfare. Ilistened to Senator Mulvihill speaking about the mining industry in Western Australia. I think that industry was the greatest thing that ever happened to this country. There is no denying it. The Western Australian senators would agree with me. Western Australia until then was a State that was dependent in most instances for its income on the primary industry sector of the community. Because of falling prices overseas Western Australia was finding it difficult to compete and, if you like, to keep up with the development that was taking place in the States on the eastern seaboard. But through free enterprise we got the mining industry established. Some big men were involved in this and I remind Senator Mulvihill that if he goes to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia he will find one of the most knowledgeable men in the mining industry there. He is one of the most respected men there and is the son of a former Labor member of the Western Australian Parliament. He is a big mining man, but is he a man who is living in a great house? I see honourable senators opposite looking at each other. They do not even know their own history.

Senator Coleman - We do know that we sold mining resources for very poor royalties in Western Australia.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Well, there is nothing in the mining industry while you leave the minerals in the ground. You have to get it out first of all in order to get something for it. You have to get the mining industry to develop the north-west of Western Australia, to develop the harbours, to put down railways and to develop the infrastructure, such as accommodation for the people working there.

Senator McLaren - All paid for by the taxpayers. You read the Fitzgerald report. He explodes that myth.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN -Where did he get his instructions from? Where did he write from? Answer those questions and we will believe that report.

Senator Coleman - He is a very respected member of the community.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I think that all Australians are very well respected but we are not compelled to agree with everything he says simply because he is a respected member of the community. I want to remind honourable senators opposite that the boom in Western Australia has paid off. It was brought about by free enterprise and by offering incentives to people. This is nothing new. Yet the Acting Prime Minister (Dr J. F. Cairns) of this country speaks up as though it is. I was reminded this week of what Abraham Lincoln had to say on this subject and I would like to quote it because even in his day he recognised that one had to give incentive to a man to get something back. Abraham Lincoln said:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money alone. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. You cannot help a man permanently by doing for him that which he can and should do for himself.

Sitting suspended from 5.56 to 8 p.m.

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