Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Points from an address by the Member for Wannon and Minister for Education and Science, the Hon. Malcolm Fraser, M.P., to a meeting of the Warrnambool Young Liberals, Friday 11 February at 8.30 P.M.



Download PDFDownload PDF

EMBARGO: Rot for release before 9.00 p.m., Friday 11 February 1972.

POINTS FROM AN ADDRESS BY THE MEMBER FOR WANNON AND MINISTER FOR EDUCATION. AND SCIENCE, THE" HON. MALCOLM FRASER, M.P.. TO A MEETING OF THE WARRNAMBOOl· YOUNG LIBERALS, FRIDAY. 11 FEBRUARY

AT 8.50 P.M.

I want to emphasise fundamental differences between the A.L.P.

and the Government in four areas - defence and foreign policy,

centralism and our parties' attitude to Canberra, the basic

differences between the Liberal and socialist approach to

problems, and the nature of our parties and their political

control. . .

In defence and foreign policy, the A.L.P.'s proposal for an

Australian withdrawal from the five-power alliance in Malaysia

and Singapore would destroy the total arrangement worked out in

cooperation with the allies - an alliance Singapore's Prime'

Minister Lee has often mentioned for the stability it brings to

the whole area. Australia is the arrangement's lynch pin.

Mr. Barnard has said the basic contention of the Labor Party is

that Australia's strategic frontiers are its natural boundaries.

Left wing pressure in a Labor Government would probably lead to a

dramatic cut in defence spending - the only possible means of

financing many of the A.L.P.'s domestic policies without a grossly

increased burden on the Australian taxpayer.

jPhe A.L.P. is unashamedly centralist. It is vital to maintain the

States in a viable and strong position. We do not want too much

. . ./2

. power i n .any one's hands. The only way to" maintain a division

of power is to maintain strong States.

In education, the A.L.P. proposes an Australian Schools Commission

to determine the fortunes of the 10,000 Government and independent

schools around Australia, while the Government believes the

decisions that affect particular schools should be made as close

as possible to those schools.

The argument that the Liberals are not really far removed from

socialists because both run Government enterprises is a complete

misconception. The socialist will look for reasons which he can

use to extend Government activity and encroachment on all our

lives, while the Liberal will seek to minimise these matters.

The left wing union movement now feels it has the A.L.P. caucus

under control. The myth of change in the A.L.P. structure was

exploded only last year when the A.L.P.'s industrial policy was

reversed 36 hours after it was announced because some left wing

union leaders telephoned members of the A.L.P. Parliamentary

caucus and told them.what to do. · '

Of greater concern to the community as a whole is the growing

incidence of political strikes totally unrelated to the working .

conditions of union members.

Recent disendorsement.of right wing State Parliamentarians in

Queensland demonstrates the power of the militant, left wing

unions to control the direction of the A.L.P.

Por further i n f o r m a t i o n : Tel. Canberra 73 3261