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Deputy PM Misleading Parliament



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FROM THE DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION V I . ? , ·, v ·<. THE HON. PHILLIP LYNCH, M.P. .

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v ΐ ί · r · . < ,Φ , f . >-ϊ · Si■ ϊ>‘ . r * 'N·,' The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Phillip Lynch, i-_ s y· - · *accused the Deputy Prime/Minister of misleading the=; . V■ ?Parliament.V ■> '- V ;" · -> ^t·: . · · S i •r · r w. - Mr. Lynch said that Dr. Cairns had defended Government ' , .economic policy by stating that average weekly earnings ~ <'«- a * 3 l, .vs ϊ, . 4* Γ. had exceeded the cost of living by at least 3 or 4 percent ■ ' ' > * ' · * . . ■ ’ ’Ά · · . * , y- . · **< - 1 1 * • · “e"- " ‘ ’ ·vv- ■ "Dr. Cairns well knows that the average family man did not " * ' iL?4 .. ■ > « v. increase his real income during 1973/7^· by 3 or 4 percent V. ' ' A'f r ” V -, because of the combination of increased tax payments and . . .# , f■ ' s . ' "",. 'inflation. . / ' t V "... > <·'*■ '‘A ; Λ V . ·.·»:*' *Γ'1& ■yK ’ ·· ;c; »;■*#’·;.|v'.yii * - "This was in spite of a 19 percent hike in gross’ income.; -;· > . / > ' · ' ■ - • ' * ’ - · * ■ -' > S . 1./ · . · « » ' % ’ * · , · ·» ilu , · > * $ ■ J "He should also know that the Budget estimates d e m o n s t r a t e . V >·%$* that the average Australian will suffer a fall in r e a l ' ^■ * « . $ ' ■ . ■ ·Ï‡ ίΧ;\·. . ; > ■ ' ■>- .V: .■ , ·â–  ' α^ ■ "·. income this year in excess of 1 percent.? · .· r Φ,·- < - - * i""This is the situation facing an average Australian worker. = r' * ·Î¯ ί ■ (►·'·.·* Λ · Λ, ' ■who receives a 22.5 percent wage increase this year and ' ^ n yit-x t Iclaims concessional deductions of $1,000.y - ‘:f·*- ..'■■■

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