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Crean Unmasks Labor's Election Misrepresentations



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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

RT. HON. B.M. SNEDDEN, Q.C., M.P.

CREAN UHMASKS LABORĀ»S ELECTION MISREPRESENTATIONS

Mr Crean today said that.the present 13.6 per cent rate of inflation was completely; unacceptable to the Government and that it was the largest increase since the early 1960's and about five times the average annual increase during the 1960*s.

Reconcile this Mr Crean, with the repeated statement during the election campaign which was run as a full page advertisement: "Only Whitlam has reduced inflation by one-third - inflation in Australia is down by one-third to 9*6 per cent per annum". The advertisement was false. Mr Crean knew it. Mr Whitlamknew

it. Now Mr Crean indicts his Leader.

This Government so recently re-elected is already embarking on its policy of confused economics; of not knowing where it is going. The Government just plainly lacks credibility and deservedly so.

The Prime Minister consistently "pooh poohed” inflation as being a social evil throughout last year. At the outset of the campaign Mr Whitlam pretended inflation didn't exist. During the campaign he was forced to acknowledge and wrongly pretended it was under

control. Now he is contradicted and exposed by his Treasurer.

This statement of Creahs today has given us further determination that we in the Liberal and Country Party will continue to follow our economic policies. We will continue to pursue this Government which has no economic policies of its own.

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