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Comments by the Minister for Science and Education, Mr Malcolm Fraser, on statements by the deputy leader of the Opposition, Mr Barnard



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1 7 November 1972 / ( O f e i

COMMENTS BY THE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, MR MALCOLM FRASER. ON STATEMENTS BY THE DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, MR BARNARD.

Mr B a r n a r d 's c r i t i c i s m y e s t e r d a y of L ib e r a l r u r a l

p o l i c y confirmshim as an u rban p o l i t i c a l o s t r i c h , t y p i c a l

of t o d a y 's Labor l e a d e r s . .

. He o b v io u sly hea rd n e i t h e r o f the n a t i o n a l l y

t e l e v i s e d p o l i c y speeches.

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His o w n ' l e a d e r , Mr W h i tla m ,. i g n o r e d r u r a l i n d u s t r i e s

e n t i r e l y , , .

Not once d i d c o u n t r y people r a t e a mention,, They

had to be c o n t e n t w i t h a sm a ll p a r t o f a su pple m en tar y s t a t e m e n t „

Mr McMahon, a p a r t from r e f e r r i n g to r u r a l i n d u s t r i e s

h i m s e l f , i n d i c a t e d t h a t th e Deputy Prime M i n i s t e r , Mr Anthony,

would d e a l w i t h them i n g r e a t e r depth i n h i s own sp eech on -

Monday„

The L i b e r a l P a r t y ' s p o s i t i v e r u r a l p o l i c y based on

th e p r i n c i p l e o f f r e e e n t e r p r i s e and th e maintenance o f a

p ro s p e ro u s c o u n t r y community, c o n t r a s t s s h a r p l y w ith th e ALP's,

I would have th ought Mr Barn ard would have been w e ll

a d v i s e d to drop a l l r e f e r e n c e to r u r a l a f f a i r s , i n v i e w ' o f

L a b o r ' s commitment to th e 35 hour week and an upward r e v a l u a t i o n

o f the A u s t r a l i a n d o l l a r,,

Labor have, i n f a c t , promised p rim ary p ro d u c e rs

reduc ed incomes n e x t y e a r i f th e y g a i n o f f i c e „