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Labor's broad programme final Macquarie Broadcast

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■ EMBARGO: 6.30 P.M.


For the past six months, I have had the pleasure of being able to talk to you each week on this programme, through the courtesy of the Macquarie Network. This is the last broadcast in this series, and I wish to take this opportunity

to thank the management of the Macquarie Network for making this time and their broadcasting facilities available to me on matters of public interest„ ‘

Over the weeks, I've been able to outline to you many of the principal proposals in the Australian Labor Party programme, and discuss briefly the thinking behind each proposalo There are three great themes I have tried to

emphasise and illustrate„ The first is this: in a modern society, the people are increasingly looking to their governments for the enlargement of opportunities which only the community as a whole can provide for its citizens and individuals. Secondly, in modern Australia, the- government to which the people must look is increasingly the national government, the government in Canberra, because of its overwhelming control

over the nation's revenue and resources. And the third proposition is that the quality and equality of a community service will depend very largely on the degree to which the national government is involved in providing it and financing

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The three great matters I have used to illustrate this basic philosophy are our schools, our hospitals, our cities, In each of these areas, inequalities of opportunities are growing - and they are growing because of inadequate or unequal

Commonwealth participation. Direct and fair Commonwealth involvement is at the very heart of Labor's policies for schools, hospitals and cities.

The other approach I have tried to stress in these broadcasts is that our key proposals are not based just on the idea of big spending. The answer to most of Australia's problems today is not just more money. We have to reduce costs

and charges to the community as a whole - reduce land and housing costs, health costs, transport costs, rate charges. I've always acknowledged that in education we just have to spend more money. But in other important areas, better and

fairer arrangements are needed to save money and reduce costs for the community as a whole„ Our approach to health and hospitals is one very good example of this. We need to look no further than the events of the last few days to prove that

the Liberal's health scheme is doomed,, .

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Doc tors1 fees - already increased twice in the past 18 months - are to be raised again after the elections, if Mr, McMahon's ramshackle government and his ramshackle health scheme survived. The A.M„A. says, "fees will not be raised at this

time". At this time, indeed0 As the Liberal slogan says, "not yet" - not 'till after the election. What a shabby little device, unworthy of the great profession. No amount of patching up and papering over can save this discredited, unfair, and inadequate scheme»

It's just one illustration of the real choice before you at the elections. It boils down to this: Is Australia to limp along for another three years along Mr. McMahon's trail of broken promises and half-baked proposals, or are we to forge ahead under Labor's program for growth and more equal opportunities for all Australians - the program which I have been able to speak to you about, in detail, for the past 26 weeks?

I can't believe there can be any doubt about which way your decision will go»