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Leader oi the Opposition

EMBARGO 5.00PM

Press Statement No. - j

SEWERAGE PROGRAMS SHELVED BY VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT

STATEMENT BY THE HON. E.G. WHITLAM, Q.C. M.P.

Fraser Federalism had forced the Victorian Government to

postpone indefinitely essential sewerage works in Melbourne's

northern. suburbs., the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Whitlam,

said today. .

Mr Whitlam was opening a -new electorate office for

Mr John Cain, Labor M.L.A. for Bundoora. Mr Cain was <

elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in March.

"The Victorian State Budget slashed expenditure on sewerage

programs from $35.4 million in 1975-76 to $17.1 million

in the current year - and $7 million of that goes in loan

repayments," Mr Whitlam said. .

"Completion dates have been put back from 1979-80 to at

least i985-86^/Jx>r some of Melbourne's 75,000 unsewered, homes

there is now no forseeable completion date at all.

"Nationally, the Lynch Budget cut funds for sewerage by

■ $63 million or 70 per cent in real terms. State Governments

have no hope o f . overcoming the backlog without Federal

assistance..

■'The central error of the Fraser Government's fiscal policy

is the widening gap between· real budget outlays and those

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Between January and June this year real outlays fell at

an annual rate of 7.4 per .cent compared with the first half

of the financial year when Labor was in office. They are

likely to fall by a further 8 per cent during this financial

year. ,

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This 'vris: in sharp contrast to the four major ,OECD countries -West Germany,'Japan ,^-the United States and Britain - where

"real government expenditure was increasing in 1975 and 1976.

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"It is/very well for Mr Fraser to talk about giving

individuals more personal income to spend as they choose,

but even a millionaire cannot afford to sewer his own

street." .

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15 October 1976