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Statement by the Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr. Gordon Bryant, Warrnambool, Monday, May 6, 1974.



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STATEMENT THE MINISTER FOR THE CAPITAL TERRITORY STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR THE CAPITAL TERRITORY, MR. GORDON BRYANT, WARRNAMBOOL, MONDAY, MAY 6, 1974.

THE FARMING COMMUNITY COULD HAVE TO PAY AS MUCH AS $85 MILLION MORE A YEAR FOR ITS OIL UNDER A FEDERAL LIBERAL AND COUNTRY PARTY GOVERNMENT, THE MINISTER FOR THE CAPITAL TERRITORY, MR. GORDON BRYANT SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING IN WARRNAMBOOL, MR BRYANT SAID THE COUNTRY PARTY LEADER, MR ANTHONY, AND THE OPPOSITION LEADER, MR SNEDDEN, HAD AGREED FOR AN INCREASE IN OIL PRICES FOR AUSTRALIA. MR ANTHONY WANTS THEM INCREASED TO WORLD PARITY PRICES. ยท

"THE FARMING COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE TO SPEND $85 MILLION MORE, IF HE MEANS BY WORLD PARITY PRICES, THE MIDDLE EASTERN PRICES," MR BRYANT SAID.

MR BRYANT WAS IN WARRNAMBOOL TO SUPPORT THE ALP CANDIDATE FOR WANNON, MR TED GARTH.

THE MINISTER FOR THE CAPITAL TERRITORY SAID THE ANTHONY COUNTRY PARTY HAD PRODUCED ONLY ONE DOCUMENT OF POLICY - ON MINERALS AND ENERGY.

MR BRYANT SAID THE LIBERAL AND COUNTRY PARTIES HAD FORSAKEN THE FARMER FOR THE MULTI-NATIONALS.

HE SAID THE LABOR GOVERNMENT'S INITIATIVES HAD BEEN BASED ON AN HONEST AND CONSISTENT APPROACH TO THE PROBLEMS OF RURAL AUSTRALIA.

THE LABOR GOVERNMENT HAS ENSURED PROGRESSIVE POLICIES TO MAKE DECENTRALIZATION A FACT OF LIFE. IT HAD OPENED UP NEW MARKETS IN RURAL PRODUCTS, ANNOUNCED A $28 MILLION ADJUSTMENT SCHEME IN THE DAIRYING INDUSTRY, AND ITS GREAT SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMES HAD BENEFITTED COUNTRY PEOPLE.

MR. BRYANT POINTED OUT THAT IN THE OPPOSITION'S RURAL POLICY STATEMENT, THERE WAS NO COMMITMENT TO RESTORE THE DAIRY BOUNTY OR THE TAXATION CONCESSIONS.

"NOR IS THERE ANY GUARANTEE OF PERMANENT RESTORATION OF THE SUPERPHOSPHATE BOUNTY", HE SAID.

THE PRIME MINISTER HAD ALREADY REFERRED THE SUPERPHOSPHATE BOUNTY TO THE INDUSTRIES ASSISTANCE COMMISSION.

"FIGURES ON FARM INCOME AND REDUCTION OF THE DEBT BURDEN SHOW THAT FARMERS HAVE FAITH IN THEIR FUTURE UNDER A LABOR GOVERNMENT", HE SAID.

"REMEMBER WHAT MR. NOEL HOGAN, PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN FARMERS' FEDERATION SAID IN 1970 AND I QUOTE: "IT IS NOT THE FACT THAT WE LACK A NATIONAL RURAL POLICY THAT IS DOING CONSIDERABLE HARM TO THE EXPORTING PRIMARY PRODUCERS, IT IS

THE FACT THAT THE PRESENT NATIONAL POLICY FORMULATED AND CEMENTED OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, IS CAUSING MORE SEVERE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP"

"REMEMBER THE BAD OLD DAYS", MR. BRYANT SAID.

CANBERRA, A.C.T END 6 MAY, 1974