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CHECK AGAINST DEI,EVERY

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS - 1V NOVEMBER IO7 E - SPEECH NOTES · ■ .:.

FOR MR S NED DEN ' | Π L> . · ' - ·.

MR SPEAKER,

I MOVE T H A T :

SO MUCH OF THE STANDING ORDERS BE SUSPENDED AS

WOULD PREVENT THE FOLLOWING MOTION STANDING IN

MY NAME BEING DEALT WITH FORTHWITH.

• N A M E L Y : ...

• . THAT THE TREASURER NO LONGER POSSESSES THE . . . .

• CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE THE PRIME

' .MINISTER HAS ALLOWED HIS POSITION TO BE ERODED .

' , AND HIS AUTHORITY TO BE COMPROMISED AT A TIME

• · WHEN AUSTRALIA1S. ECONOMY IS IN .ITS MOST CRITICAL .

, . . CONDITION FOR GENERATIONS, WITH RECORD AND . · .

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’ . ' RISING UNEMPLOYMENT AND INFLATION, AND A '

DISASTROUS FALL IN HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, - ' ■ τ

CAPITAL INVESTMENT, AND CONFIDENCE.

I GAVE NOTICE OF THAT MOTION ON TUESDAY FOR TWO MAJOR REASONS:

F I R S T L Y . THE PERSISTENT. STRONG AND. I BELIEVE, WELL-INFORMED .

PUBLIC SPECULATION OVER SEVERAL WEEKS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER · .

..'Tv' HAS DECIDED TO MAKE THE TREASURER THE SCAPEGOAT FOR THE

: G O V E R N M E N Ts ECONOMIC FAILURE - A SITUATION WHICH IS

CONTRIBUTING TO. THE VERY GREAT UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION TODAY

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ABOUT ECONOMIC.POLICY, IF THERE IS CONFLICT BETWEEN THE PRIME

MINISTER ANJ) THE TREASURER, HOW CAN THERE BE CONFIDENCE IN THE

GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC POLICY? . . ' . . . ‘ :

SECONDLY. I GAVE NOTICE OF THAT MOTION BECAUSE OF THE PRIME

MINISTER'S DELIBERATE REFUSAL ON TWO OCCASIONS AT QUESTION

TIME ON TUESDAY TO STATE HIS CONFIDENCE - THERE AND THEN - IN

THE TREASURER SO AS TO BRING AN END TO THIS DAMAGING

UNCERTAINTY.

THOSE ARE THE REASONS WHY I GAVE NOTICE OF THE MOTION OF NO

CONFIDENCE. j . ... .

THE REASON WHY I NOW MOVE THIS MOTION TO SUSPEND STANDING

ORDERS IS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY ADOPTED THE

COWARDLY COURSE OF ATTEMPTING TO DODGE A MOTION OF NO .

CONFIDENCE IN THE THIRD MOST SENIOR MINISTER IN THE GOVERNMENT -

THE TREASURER. · - · · . ■

BECAUSE OF THIS COWARDLY ACTION BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE

GOVERNMENT, THE OPPOSITION HAS NO ALTERNATIVE TODAY BUT TO USE . w ' '

THIS PROCEDURE NOW TO FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO STATE ITS .

ATTITUDE. . . .

THE VOTE ON THIS MOTION WILL BE THE CLEAREST INDICATION OF

WHERE T H E .TREASURER STANDS. THE LABOR PARTY WILL FINYLLY

HAVE TO MAKE UP ITS MIND TO BACK HIM OR SACK HIM.

THE VOTE ON THIS MOTION WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE ANSWER TO

WHETHER THE PRIME MINISTER- HAS BEEN MISLEADING T H E HOUSE IN

; HIS EVASIVE AND AMBIGUOUS ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT . THE · v . .

TREASURER BOTH IN THE HOUSE AND FROM THE PRESS OVER THE PAST FEW

. WEEKS

FOR E X A M P L E , TO EXPLAIN WHY THIS MOTION IS N E C E S S A R Y , LET ME

QUOTE THIS QUESTION AND ANSWER FROM THE PRIME M I N I S T E R 'S PRESS

CONFERENCE IN CANBERRA ON OCTOBER 22:

QUESTION: "IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY OF CHANGES

TO YOUR MINISTRY IN THE LIGHT OF THE PRESENT

ECONOMIC PROBLEM AND, IN PARTICULAR, HAVE YOU

GIVEN ANY CONSIDERATION TO USING MR C R E A N 'S

. CONSIDERABLE TALENTS IN ANOTHER PORTFOLIO?"

. THE PRIME MINISTER R E P L I E D : "I'D WANT TO DISCUSS

THIS WITH THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL BEFORE I MENTION

THIS IN A WIDER CIRCUMSTANCE." ' ' . - -

L A T E R , DURING THE SAME PRESS CONFERENCE THE PRIME MINISTER

TRIED TO RECOVER FROM-THIS INDISCRETION BY. PRETENDING THAT

HIS ANSWER HAD BEEN FACETIOUS. ' ■ . .

AS THE MEMBER FOR MORETOM PUT IT SO APTLY ON A PREVIOUS

' OCCASION: THE PRIME MINISTER'S ACHILLES HEEL IS IN 1IIS

MOUTH. AS A RESULT OF THIS REVEALING SLIP OF THE T O N G U E ,

THE PRIME MINISTER THAT SAME AFTERNOON HAD TO TELEPHONE THE

7 V TREASURER TO REASSURE HIM Τ(ΉΑΤ NO CHANGES WERE CONTEMPLATED.

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V' .-■•'7 DESPITE THAT IT IS CLEAR THAT THE PRESS GALLERY HAS BEEN .

7 ; . DELIBERATELY LED TO BELIEVE FROM M I N I S T E R S ' OFFICES THAT A 7

T::7; DEFINITE DECISION HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE TO REMOVE THE

- TREASURER AND APPOINT HIM*AS CHAIRMAN OF THE" COMMONWEALTH

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TO JUDGE THE GOVERNMENT'S BEHAVIOUR IN DODGING THIS MOST

SERIOUS MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE WHICH IS THE REASON WHY I

AM PRESSING THIS MOTION .10 SUSPEND "STANDING ORDERS - ONE HAS

ONLY TO LOOK AT THE RECORD OF SUCH MOTIONS LX THIS HOUSE.

SINCE 1964, MOTIONS OF WANT OF CONFIDENCE .IN INDIVIDUAL

MINISTERS OR IN MR SPEAKER HAVE BEEN MOVED ON FOUR ■

OCCASIONS - THREE TIMES UNDER A LIBERAL/COUXTRY PARTY

GOVERNMENT AND ON TILE OTHER OCCASION UNDER THIS LABOR

GOVERNMENT.

ON EACH OF THOSE OCCASIONS THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPERLY GIVEN

PRIORITY TO THE DEBATE ON SUCH A SERIOUS MOTION. SUCH MOTIONS

AROSE ON 20 MAY 1964 ON A MOTION OF LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL, ON 9 A P R I L ; 1970 ON A CENSURE OF THE LEADER

OF THE H O U S E , ON 21 APRIli 1971 ON A WANT OF CONFIDENCE MOTION

IN MR SPEAKER, AND ON THE 9TH OCTOBER 1973 ON A CENSURE OF

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THE MINISTER FOR MINERALS AND ENERGY.

ON EACH OF THOSE OCCASIONS THE GOVERNMENT ACTED AS I HAVE · ■ ■ a' ' .

SAID PROPERLY AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRADITIONS OF THE .

PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM AND CABINET GOVERNMENT IN GIVING PRIORITY

TO THE NO CONFIDENCE MOTION. . . . .

YESTERDAY, HOWEVER, THIS GOVERNMENT DELIBERATELY BROKE THAT

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TRADITION TO SAVE THE PRIME MINISTER'S FACE. THE FACT IS THAT

THE PRIME; MINISTER IS STONEWALLING', ATTEMPTING TO SPIN OUT THE

·· TIME UNTIL THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA ON -

M O N D A Y . THE PRIME MINISTER' WILL THEN BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THE -A :

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- IF. THAT IS NOT THE CASE, THE PRIME MINISTER MUST SAY SO NOW

THIS JS HIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW SOME COURAGE AND SOME LOYALTY

FOR A CHANGE. ■

IF IT IS NOT THE CASE, THE OPPOSITION IS NOT PREPARED TO GO

ALONG WITH SUCH MISERABLE SUBTERFUGE. .

THE OPPOSITION IS NOT PREPARED TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHILE ' ' ' · I · .

THE PRIME MINISTER COMPLETES THE RITUAL SLAUGHTER OF THE

TREASURER ACCORDING TO HIS OWN EXCRUTIATING AND CALLOUS

TIMETABLE. ' . ·

ACCORDINGLY, I HAVE MOVED THIS MOTION TO SUSPEND STANDING

ORDERS SO THE HOUSE MAY DEBATE THIS WHOLE .MATTER FULLY AND .

OPENLY. I HAVE MOVED -THIS MOTION SO THAT THOSE MEMBERS ON

THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WHO HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING Λ . LAST-MINUTE

RESCUE OPERATION ON THE TREASURER'S BEHALF WILL HAVE THE;

OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE 'ΪΝ THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN SPEAKING INSIDE

THEIR OWN PARTY. . . · . '

- · THEY KNOW - BUT THE PRIME MINISTER HAS STILL TO LEARN - THAT

IF YOU EXPECT LOYALTY, YOU HAVE GOT TO.GIVE LOYALTY.

·,„·. ip THE PRIME MINISTER IS ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH SLIPPING . · ■ . .

/ OUT FROM UNDER THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE AND THIS MOTION

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BUT THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, APPARENTLY, FOR THE PRIME MINISTER.

HE LIKES TO POSE AS THE GREAT WESTMINSTER MAN BUT WHEN THE

GOING GETS TOUGH HE JETTISONS THAT. HE REVERTS TO THE

STANDARDS OE TAMMANY. RULE BY THE BACK R O O M .

AS FOR THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, HE NEVER BELIEVED IN THE

SYSTEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. AT LEAST HE IS HONEST ABOUT THAT

EVEN IF HE CANNOT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WHEN HE SAYS HE DOESN'T

WANT THE TREASURY PORTFOLIO. '

THAT MEANS THE BAD ONES AS WELL AS THE GOOD ONES.

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THOSE ARE THE REASONS WHY J? HAVE MOVED THIS. MOTION. IT IS

VITAL THAT THE GOVERNMENT BE FORCED TO >L^E CLEAR ITS

ATTITUDE ON T H E VITAL PRINCIPLE. IT MUST""N0T BE ALLOWED TO

SHELTER IN EVASION FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PRIME

. MINISTER'S BACKROOM PLOTS AND BUCK-PASSING OF THE BLAME.

THE BEST EXAMPLE OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS ATTEMPTING TO

ABANDON THE PRINCIPLE OF COLLECTIVE CABINET RESPONSIBILITY

IS REVEALED IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE PREPARATION I ■ ! ■

OF THE NOW DEAD AND DEFUNCT 1974/75 BUDGET. THE BUDGET OF

ONLY TWO MONTHS AGO. 1

DURING THE PREPARATION OF THAT B U D G E T , WHEN THE GOVERNMENT

WAS DELUDING ITSELF THAT IT WOULD BE WELCOMED BY THE

COMMUNITY, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER WAS TAKING ALL THE

CREDIT. WE WERE CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF THE DEPUTY PRIME

MINISTER'S SO-CALLED ECONOMIC ROLE

BUT WHEN THE TREASURER READ OUT DISASTROUS NEWS ON BUDGET NIGHT

THERE WERE SOME SECOND TH O U G H T S . BY THE NEXT DAY WHEN

VIRTUALLY EVERY COMMENTATOR AND NEWSPAPER IN THE COUNTRY HAD

ROUNDLY CONDEMNED THE BUDGET, NEITHER THE PRIME MINISTER

NOR THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER WANTED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

THAT WAS WHEN THE CREA\-HAS-TO-GO CAMPAIGN BEGAN IN EARNEST.

THERE IS THE EVIDENCE. (INDICATE PRESS CUTTINGS).

UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE PRIME MINISTER - OR SHOULD I SAY

CHARACTERISTICALLY - HE BUNGLED THE WHOLE OPERATION IN CLASSIC

FASHION. . · .

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HE ALLOWED THE NEWS TO LEAK OUT. HE CONFIRMED IT WITH A

FACETIOUS REMARK AT A PRESS1 CONFERENCE. HE TOLD THE DEPUTY

PRIME MINISTER. THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TOLD HIS FRIENDS

AND ASSOCIATES THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE THE TREASURER. HE

EVEN SHOWED ENOUGH INDISCRETION TO TELL THE MINISTER FOR

. MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

OTHER MINISTERS WERE IN DN IT TOO. THE MINISTER FOR URBAN

AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAS NOT GOT PARTICULARLY CLEAN HANDS

AND NEITHER HAVE SEVERAL O T H E R S , INCLUDING THE MINISTER FOR

L A B O R .

ONCE THE FIRST WOLF IS W O U N D E D , IT DOES NOT TAKE THE REST OF

T H E PACK LONG TO GATHER FOR THE CANNIBAL FEAST.

THEREFORE I HAVE MOVED THIS MOTION TO SUSPEND STANDING ORDERS

TO FORCE THE PRIME MINISTER ONCE AND FOR ALL TO COME CLEAN

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HE WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN ALOOF AND FASTIDIOUS, KEEPING UP THE

CHARADE OF CORRECT BEHAVIOUR IN PUBLIC WHILE HE WEILDS THE

KNIFE AMONGST HIS FORMER FRIENDS AND LOYAL COLLEAGUES IN

PRIVATE.

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THE PRIME MINISTER WOULD LIKE TO MAKE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE

TREASURER'S DEMISE IN A 0,\E PARAGRAPH PRESS STATEMENT ON A

QUIET WEEKEND AND HOPE IT ONLY GETS IN THE STOP P R E S S .

OR IF HE IS TO BACK DOWN, HE WOULD PREFER TO DO SO QUIETLY.

THE OPPOSITION IS DETERMINED THAT HE MUST FACE HIS

RESPONSIBILITIES AS PRIME "MINISTER HERE IN THE LIGHT OF DAY

IN THE FORUM OF THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT.

IF THIS IS GOING TO BE A STORY OF BETRAYAL AND DISLOYALTY,

IF IT IS GOING TO BE A STORY OF SORRY AND DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT

BY THE PRIME MINISTER IN OFFERING UP A SACRIFICE FOR HIS OWN

FAILURES - THEN LET IT BE TOLD NOW SO ALL CAN HEAR.

ON 28 OCTOBER THE PRIME MINISTER S A I D :

"PEOPLE SHOULDN|T JUST PICK ON IHE TREASURER ...

FRANK CREAN CARRIES OUT THE CABINET DECISIONS."

IF THAT IS WHAT HE BELIEVES, LET HIM STATE IT TO THE HOUSE

NOW AND END THE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE TREASURER'S FUTURE.

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THAT BRINGS ME TO A FURTHER REASON FOR MOVING THIS MOTION OF

SUSPENSION OF STANDING O R D E R S .

IF THE PRIME MINISTER BELIEVES HIS OWN WORDS WHICH I HAVE JUST

QUOTED, HE WILL RECOGNISE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE PREDOMINANTLY

AND THE WHOLE CABINET COLLECTIVELY BEARS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THE GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC DECISIONS.

THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THOSE DECISIONS ARE THOSE WHICH HAVE LED

DIRECTLY TO TODAY'S SITUATION OF MASS UNEMPLOYMENT AND

UNCONTROLLED INFLATION.

THEY ARE: . .

FIRST: THE EXPLOSION OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING IN THE FIRST . • · ~

HALF OF 1973 AND'CONTINUING THROUGH TWO BUDGETS.

SECOND: THE EXPLOSION OF WAGE RISES TRIGGERED BY THE

ADOPTION OF THE PACESETTER PRINCIPLE AND THE

GOVERNMENT'S GENERALLY PERMISSIVE SUPPORT FOR

EXCESSIVE WAGE CLAIMS.

T H I R D : THE 25% ACROSS-THE-BOARD TARIFF CUT OF JULY 1973

WHICH HAS LED-t J o MASSIVE PROBLEMS OF STRUCTURAL

UNEMPLOYMENT. ,

FOURTH: THE PROLONGED AND SAVAGE CREDIT SQUEEZE WHICH HAS

BROUGHT THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND AUSTRALIA TO ITS

; KNEES AND CREATED MASS: UNEMPLOYMENT.

THE CAMPAIGN BY THE PRIME MINISTER AGAINST THE TREASURER HAS

BEEN DESIGNED TO ATTRIBUTE TO HIM THE DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THESE FOUR GREAT MISTAKES.

THE FACT IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN CLOSELY AND

PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN EVERY ONE OF THESE DECISIONS.

EVERY ONE OF THESE FOUR MAJOR EXAMPLES OF ECONOMIC MISMANAGEMENT

WERE DECIDED AGAINST OFFICIAL ADVICE BY THE TREASURY OR THE

RESERVE BANK OR B O T H .

T H E FOUR DECISIONS TOGETHER MADE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OF THE

TYPE AUSTRALIA IS NOW SUFFERING INEVITABLE.

FOR ALL THESE REASONS I HAVE TAKEN THIS ACTION T O D A Y . THE

OPPOSITION DEMANDS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER AT THIS LATE STAGE .*!

FACES HIS RESPONSIBILITY sfQUARELY AND ALLOWS DEBATE

IMMEDIATELY ON THIS MOTION^OF NO CONFIDENCE.