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Government's Legislative Performance



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CANBERRA PRESS STATEMENT BY SENATOR R. G. WITHERS, 22.3.74 LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

The Government's legislative performance during the first three weeks of the Parliamentary Autumn Session made a farce of its claims of a massive legislative programme, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator R. G. Withers,

said today. .

"Opposition Senators have been waiting for some evidence of the Labor Government's intention of breaking its

own legislative record of last year," he said.

"To our disappointment only the merest trickle of legislation has so far been introduced into the Senate."

Senator Withers said that in the three weeks since Parliament resumed, the Government's record in the Senate was as follows :

Four Bills re-introduced Two Bills restored to the Notice Paper Sixteen Bills introduced (five of the Constitution . Alteration Bills) Six Bills passed Three Bills defeated One Bill (Australian Industry Development Corporation)

referred to Committee at the Government's request One Bill laid aside

"The Labor Government's strategy is becoming increasingly obvious," he said.

"They do not intend to introduce any of their socialist policies before the Senate elections.

"They hope to lull the electorate into a false sense of security in their attempt to win the Senate, then, if successful,

they will bring on a mass of doctrinaire socialist measures.

"I am confident their behaviour will not fool the Parliament, it will not fool the Opposition, and most importantly, it will not fool the people of Australia."