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Senate election speech by Minister

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Issued by:-

The Minister for the Interior

Embargoed - Not for Publication before 10.00 a.m., on Friday, 15 November 1970



Over many years, the Liberal and Country Party team in Canberra has given Australia stable government.

· The nation has continuing development with a nationwide increase in our standard of living, and a viable defence posture with' strong international alliances and friends0 We are, in short, the envy and respect of countries around the world.

. On the other hand, in recent times, the Labor· Party has shown an incredible attitude to our security both at home and abroad.

’ There has been the spectacle of the Labor Leader, Mr. Whitlam, advising some "men in the Army to disobey lawful commands - in other words to mutiny. And there, nas been Labor's Dr. Cairns expressing the hope that authority has had its day, and advising

that people can excercise power in the schools ana factories.

These statements, incredible enough in themselves, · coincide with the using of strikes for purely political purposes.

. Both primary and secondary industries have been affected by waves of strikes m the cities. ,

The Unions, which dominate the Labor Party, have held a massive 1,500 strikes in six months this year. The cost has been staggering -r to the workers involved and their innocent families $10 million lost in wages went down the drain. In the wider view, ■

production across the range of industries was disrupted, our vital ' export sales were hindered. Strikes have been a major factor in the problem of rising costs. '

Mr. Hawke, who took over the A.C.T.U. on a left-wing platform of increasing industrial ferment, was as good as his word.

And now there is the situation where Mr. Hawke and the Labor Party are aiding and abetting each other to procure a 55 hour working week — an act of complete cynicism with irresponsible disregard to the effects of such a move on the national economy,

on individual industries and on wage packets.

Do not be taken in. , ,

The facts are that, without increased production, a 55 hour week could cost this country up to $5,000 million_a year, and the economy would be disrupted completely in cities and towns and ' on the farms. = "


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At a time when we are concerned with rising costs, a 35 hour week could mean this: ·

. To the wheat man, 13 cents more to produce a bushel. • . To a wool grower, a loss of 40 percent in net income.

„ To the dairy farmer, a reduction of 37 percent in net income . To the businessman, an increase in costs of 19 percent. . . To the wage-earner, a pay packet that buys 19 percent less ' than it does today .= '

■ And so on across every occupation and walk of life.

Thus it can be seen that such cost increases would be devastating to all industry in Australia, and to our vital export trade, as well as to every'man's income.

A Queensland Labor M.P., Dr. Rex Patterson, has made . what I can only describe as a unique suggestion on the 35 hour .

week. He has issued a statement which m effect advocates longer working hours for farmers compared with city men, and encourages a 35 hour week for his friends in the city Unions.

What a lot of ludicrous twaddle 1

Now, in the Senate Election on November 21, you have the opportunity of showing what sort of system you want.

■ You can have the un-Australian, socialistic, disruptive> inflationary, cynical manipulations of the Labor Party.

Or you. can have the steadfast Liberal and Country Party Government„ . . . .

We believe in arbitration and conciliation, where both sides have the right to put their case, we believe in preservation of freedoms, where the minority may express their view but cannot restrict the rights and wishes of the majority ..... we believe

in continued development in a free-enterprise society. . Vote for tne Australian way of life. On November 21 , give your first three votes to the Government ticket --- WOOD, LAWRIE AND BONNER.