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STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE, SENATOR R. G. WITHERS, CONCERNING THE. STATEMENT BY THE PRIME'MINISTER ON THE GOVERNMENT'S ACHIEVEMENTS ‘ '

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate,

Senator R. G. Withers, today commented on Mr Whitlam's

statement concerning the "solid achievements" of his Government.

"The Prime Minister's statement substantiates

what I have been saying all along - the Senate is not frustrating

the Government's legislative programme. If that was the case,

how could the Prime Minister point to the legislation that he

has had implemented?

"He has either misled the Parliament when

he spoke of his achievments or he has misled the nation when

he has spoken of how the Senate is frustrating his intentions.

He cannot have it both ways.

"The Prime Minister in his statement placed

great significance on the number of Bills introduced,, He has

to because that is probably the only notable fact about his

so-called massive legislative programme. The great proportion

of the Bills have not been of much significance„ Legislation

has been ruthlessly pushed through the House of Representatives

just for statistical purposes„"

1 June, 1973.

CANBERRA.