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P3. f ADDRESS-BY THE RT. HON. B.M. SNSDDEN. Q.C.. M.P. .„. · “ , / - ' LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION - - V VLr-unJ '.PARRAMATTA. - FRIDAY. 7TH SEPTEMBER.1973*7. · ' · *v > ■ , n . . . ,Vr ’ . · · ; ■ j·; 1 · , ■ f* - ( ‘Ί - - :i, * · > ’ > J l '· * Jf*’ - ; > - - · r t, ' ! i . r''VVf:;,J ; *. * . . . - Λ '· v . f, = .*r*·* - : i. . · 1 ί I ~ T . , ■ , » * ' · !·>■. · 1 .. ‘ ■ ‘ · - i - l T■ ■ ' · V ν·;: Λ - " s ' K A r U i v ' j·" ·'·· ' ■ ·'■. ■ " : •'7 · ’ · · » ' ' s - 1 · · , 7 φyX^y,,.. This by-election, campaign is now well under way. : ■ It ·./' ; ■ t jvj1' ’ -" ·1χ ξ3 ·!• · · · . ' I " ■- " ■:· ■ -1' - V - · · · . » _■ ■ "■ — —· - » v• ,Λ· :*t '-will heat up during ^the two weeks that remain. ■ -- ! ‘ ’ 'r · .; . · · ■ ' · ' ° . · : i · " :, >':7 > 4 7 Λ■ 1.' ■> . Λ’ ι >■< · 'f. · · · i * ·· ' ■ >r .--Λ : ■ -: ’ ’ i i '". - j . ’ .s.:Parramatta,,has -a'history of having first «class members · . “ ! ' | _ 4 « . i ■ ■ ■ , ; · ·. < *, ' · - ■ .<*;· . > " ■ *. ‘ * v -■ ··'’ί* ' ■ * . ' . sin the national’ Parliament. - Bowen,* Berwick and Beale have ' ,' · / · .V "f · . * ,s ·â€¢ v ) l·. / .* · ' ■ u-ν ^ Έ Î’ - ίν » ί i - .>* ■ " *-,1.; . . : U/,' ‘ 4 6een greats names for^Parrsimatta on the national scene. ■ . 'Af ,.. " f3//p) £B>•V ^ : i J-Phil Ruddock comes forward much younger than they did. This ΓΞΙΓΖΠ ""Ί. " ■ 1 . : ' - fy ' 1 . ■ ' *.v . ■ . ν ' - ' - * ■ u u< f i u‘ r ‘ ■ ■ , ν;·':Κ ! ! : * · : v ' i s v a'· reflection- of j the times -.-the increase in the number1 . ' . .if' _i . · . ,ΐ · * ' v. ' : - ■ ' ■ ■-■·-.·· i * ■ ... t . Vk-. . of young,· interested and intelligent people who make up : · ■’ ‘ ^ · · · ' 2 "J . ' ' ! ' ' ' ■ ■ 1 ’ . . . V-V; i > - .---τη.— -T- * · , -- - w-, ' 7 t?·' ' %■'. ·* , ·· V ♦ A , ■ ■ « . · , i I I. r . - '.{1; , · ■ · -·, f u t u r e M will match'that of the distinguished ‘men' who have · ' . ,V ' -K..J V ' · · · f ' ; . . ; - ■ · ’ ' . ' ■ · · ■ · · ' - :' ■ ' · ; ' C , served m e .people of/Parramatta before him. ' ·'■ i... ■ Atlt-.r ., > . - 1 β , ’ ■ . ■ . . . · ? “. · ·-··'V , . *' ' ^ ‘ j t.· , . · > * ; g ■ · .· · 1 · . ·. · * · * · . · ’ i· . . . . . . .,?■*■·<■ '..■ ■■■' τ ■ · - .■ | · ' ^ ‘ ' ■ VHU can support. him vjjith the complete ^confidence' that' ' ' Ar,.· ’ f ' Γ . . j ” * · * i · " ” ' » . . . . - 1' . ·,he ,will be .your man, . ' ■ ' , U' . . r . . , . v . · * · - . > » *.» . '1 1' ■ " ■ -c. 4Λ*/ ! Any problem t yριί have - contact him. He will represent · * Λ.\ ν ' ” Ί ^ * · · Τ ; * ■; 5' : , · .■ , " -Ίλ - " - . . · :• f !. every iperson· in the '.'electorateJ His concern for.:' the local • l · VΛ - . * · issues will help'him establish himself on the national scene.· V - ’ • jVj' .J1 * ' l i - , . · · ! . . ”■ , ' ■ . 1 1 r - . . ‘ .·'■'* ■ ■ ‘. ’ · > " V Ή-=γ' _i' " 1: ■ ‘ ί ' " · V " ι . · Λ 'v I * ’ - -· · ·- ‘. 4 ; · _ . ■ ; ■ ! ’ • · Τ · - ' } ■ “ . 1 1 Ί /Γ , ’ i τ , t* ’ -1 ‘ Support* him as. you can see my good friend Nick Shehadie /, Ψ,/ίν . . . , · , . ; is supporting him.! As Doug ulnthony is. As Sir Robert Askin ' : 1 - , · ■ ' «' ‘ ' — ;'V r · - · . . ‘ ' 1 ■ ' * · is. ’ · As is the whole' of the Liberal" Party·,- Federal Membersy.r<· ■' . ' i ‘ s T · · ' > J l V i . f , ’· 1 ' 1 · ’ - ’ a " : ■< t r »â– .: . ■; :* ‘..’State .Members - the . i whole organization. ;·â– . · - - r\l,. . . ... j - r , ' ' ' ■ · . . - ' ·>■. ' ; .4 ' . * !, ’ 1 Γ '· ' ' ; ‘ ■ . ' . 1 - ? . < » ·â–  * ' $ '* «: • ' l|’ <·..»' ,• r *·â–  ;«:»·. V 'A‘ ‘ ’ ·' *'.· r ■ f" Λ. . . t';V· « , · ' · : . · . . . . . . · ■ · · '.·· ■ ■ ’ 7 i . · ■ ,■· v -l·.. ' · . .1 · · . · . ; : $ · : : , f · ; : .. - · : · . · ' j- . ~ · · ' ■ · , . · - " *r , i ; ■ - , · ' -.· . -V.»' · -·.. · ■ y \ « t . r 1 . . . - · . . . . ! · : V'-· -, A ’ Ί1- r -- x j‘r - i 1· . ’ ’ΐ s.s r ·, · , - J.jV};·;' .a· · -v ’v.X• ίa• ”. 4* ·': ·â– .·*■ - ί X-x- ^ tt ‘ \ j y M ;h ‘ , 1 ··« ··' A·’*· ·. - · i. v ,. . ’ i ' ’ V.,;* ./2 ... . ' ■? . ■ · · ; -■ .>r.l ‘ , : : l i ;. · · · . * · · · . · ' /t -, * ί : . .·â– - ■:-V <: ··,- ·· “ ν' Z3 V- ■ ■ · ■ i « ■ v ; t , < i . ' .j ·’ ; * ·: · ' ■ - ' ' X; > ' v,’ a,;: ·, f 4-X . ' · · . ■ > J·, ‘ *''*'■ T ■ *' 1 * - - 1 1 ' V A , . "V.. ;;-4.ir».-X m>· · ' · · * · . ; ^r-rx'.''■ * 'V·" 4 | > - ’ ' * ' ^ r ■% v h i ^ ., . . . j . · . v* ' i . 1 ·'· . .■"···" 7" * vX

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-ϊ"'·Î^3: ·’Γ' Pt^* in, its .simplest terms, the. people of Parramatta w i l l .

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action to stop the disasterous price ."rises? Do you demand action : χ , -* ' \« ι * . · ” !>'w

• ;to stop the alarming growth of bureaucrats in Canberra? Do,you -rfiL ' ·Î›"; ' " Λ · · * ■ · ' ι · ' ’ ■ l- · ’

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. , demands act ion to ensure 'that pensions can buy a reasonable -standard';*' ' v * · · . . · ·-. - · 1 ·’, · ' ■ ■': ' - ■ ·’. ■ v ' -

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you demand^ these things for yourself - for all the peoples ;f . . . · ; - I * " ■ ’ 1 'r · ' , · · '

in;'this 1 great country - then you will, vote Liberal on September 22nd, V

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1 y in Parramatta, By your vote the Government will know that it must ,

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The 'rises In prices this year, since Labor cane ;to office, !; * ! ■ · ' * - · ’ ’ Ν ' * . . Λλ* . * ' * *’ ' 1 . * ‘ ■ ' ' ' ’ ' 1 * ' " · :

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have been staggering^ Everybody is tired of headlines talking about T ■ 1 , , ■ ■ , , r ( r t . . - ,'V1

, , referondunsti- of excuses for taking no. action. 1 They are sick of,,, ■ ■ V ' ' " ' ' . · · - ' ■ · . · 1 . . '

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. . pretence and- excuses* There is power and now is the tine to act in, -'l':

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‘ ‘ ■ ‘ J‘ - · \rf > , i r . ■ - . . ” =.· J · ' . i '·'*■ >· v,; ' · . . ' , :> ' ‘ % . , ' ·(■ Everything,,you buy has gone up. Every service you need in - . . · -t» · > ' · V** . " · · * » ' ' ■ ■ ' :. i. ■ , · ■ ■ ■ ." ' ■ * 1 - ■ . .k -Ί your house, or for, your, oar or for your, television set .has gone .up«- v< > . . t i v , ‘V . : .·â–  ι . ■ . . · - - . . . . * ■ ■ ■ · - ,n ‘ .. ,, r T*. 1 :....Λ« .4- - τ·» 1 λ nrto , «Îº. * * ■ *>··.>'* : ■' It. continues ‘to go",*up. ' In Si 972 the Consumer Priqe Index,! which ’ v ; · - ' ·« , · - 4 -7 ‘ . · t ' ' < · ' ‘; ' · , ■**'"·· / « · · > J ' : Λι · > i *Λ' ■·’,·*- k : * ’ l, ■ ■ j . ‘ ” ■ * ’ · . y ' · ' ; Z. measures, price rise* .went up Η #5τ»Î² Τη the first quarter it was,* Λ -*' ' ' 4 t " V - i } * J ' ‘ · \ ' 4 , -·'''· f* ' ii I.· S ,Csebond/quarter 0,9#* 'third, quarter 1 *4#,‘ . last quarter .1 *2#**47*S,/·’ ' ■ ". ν Π 7 ΰ . > y . v ' .vu·' . · - -v --; · ' .--<··=■, · r -^ *./ .1 . * » •x <■* > S ‘ t r .- i > · ' ■ -: v .■ r> • .♦'·.·V . *i.'V. ■ y, ·â– -.">/n -jz " *■1 ’ J J % * % % . . . u·- , - τ * * , ί * ' V · r7; - j - λ · - · · -..XX , " i ·,ν V . >*>z-'£ * . | ί . 1χ...r* " ’ . . X '- 1 -* X '• Ί- X ' ^ ΐV X 4 . ', f f ;; .b ■ * ,*' . · . , r X;- V' ; ' ),■ . . . · ’ 7/ . - , i '■ . ’ ‘. - ■■'. i,.-i. ■ ' V. '·* -- ’ ■■' 1 : ■ . ’ '■ ‘ * -1.1 ; . ■ *. 'V . ' * V- < ■ T t · . . ., ' ■ V T . ' ,1 - 5 · · t; . . 7 ' X - X i - X ■ - · · .; X-'- ’ 1 ■ ' > ■ ' ; · X ■ * ■r

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In the first six months of Socialist Government it is already. ,*

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_ published last year - '^Prices. I t ’s time” . 1 “The Australian' Labor,y·'·/} , t- * ■ <% · * ‘ | , ^ j ^ ‘i1 "»

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4 ; Government:1says they, are very worried about' itV. - But what have ^they^ V

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'.Commit,tee to examine .prices. That has hardly been heard of since. ' -I.*"- > · ' ' ’ , . " ' ■ ' · . , 1 .

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- right across the board by 25%.· That has made>no difference to"' . * ! Z' t ! · • · 1 ■>··.··' : ■ ' . 1 . . · · · - ; · ·

V prices in the, short run and- will have precious· little effect in .the, .

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be a national conference ojf Federal and State Governments, Unions

and employer organizations* The purpose would be to set an agreed l· I.) , · ■ · ■

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,, -Leaders . in /the states vwill j co-operate in· fighting inflation through'1 ...i· < - t«·; .. W'V'.'ir. ' r , , ■ ; /, ! ■ * ·. “ . · · - .

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bringing down the rate of inflation. Last year the Price Index

went up 4-^o. The Labor Government has now boosted it to a yearly

■ rate of 13/“· Because they, have failed to fight inflation it is now

vnecessary to have an incomes prices freeze. It was not necessary 1

last year. ’ In November 1971 , I said: the stage may be

’ reached where t h e .community would accept the controls entailed in ,·

■ incomes/prices policies asi a necessary price to pay to restore ·'.·.*»

.stability” .·; That time has now arrived. ’ > L - · " . * 1 V-

‘ .'?=* * * . J ’"> ► . ,- . V -1 · *. ·. Nobody really·believes that we can tackle inflation by ■ · controlling prices and doing nothing about incomes. But this is ,

; what the Prime Minister keeps saying. He knows-it is wrong and you V

Y know it is wrong. He only does this because he knows the trade . > ■

4 unions will not accept controls on w a g e s . He asks the Premiers to ί

.refer' powers over prices. Their answer is clear.

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Convention: 1 "The Prime Minister has asked the States to give

Something - to w i t , the power to control prices. Subject to the ,1 . γ ■ ' * ■ ■ ’ 1 'Λ*.

control of prices being linked with an effective and ageed-upon

, 4 ^control of incomes policy -! and I regard this as indispensable - * V ί I ρ ';Ι' am willing to recommend to the New South Hales Government the ' V / ‘ . reference of power over prices".

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Mr., Hamer said "..i. ..We are prepared to play whatever part f.4· " >

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. .v^tieVset s t r a i g h t / T h e Labor Party keeps .saying- that the Arbitration///· .*/ ‘ Ά ' · ’ · >■' ../ "i' ' I * . ‘ · ' - 'Vr·* ikY,' ■ ■

; ‘ j?■ ■ * · ’ » l Commission ..controls. wages . ' If this were true , the Labor Party could/" \ l ^ ^ ^ ^ ‘ ' 1 1 ' ■ ■ t " < ί,< . ^ ^

ir' / direct the' Arbitration Conkiission and the State Wages Authorities.? ./A \ ■ ■ ■ ■’ ■.· -;.j =*'.,■ ■ - a ■" . ■ v :-··.£

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that! 'price -or .more? -> It is! nonsense. .. ' - · '·â– ; V - ^ ί · ' <4V'‘ :·â–  · , · j.1 ... - · . ··> ■ ‘

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s All'-the improvements in social welfare, in our environment-,^^ - ■ ‘ v/ ■1 ■ ' ■ · ■ _ -· ■

. !- 1 our' cities, our health, our education that we want are put at risk'*.,··*; ' 4 r . . i . .. · . . . . - . ·. . . . . . . . . . : - · ..' -

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/; *: is :.immense with h i g h ; inflation. We must get that problem solved/; v -Is" :«·'· before a proper measurement can be made of the benefits of these 2 -v·: i ^ i . 1 · i ‘ v . . · · · ■ ' t ·â– :<"· - ^ ί ·

'* "proposals . Inflation■ can run over the true benefits. Also . ! /"f /

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, y --ip excessive Government expenditure can make the taxpayers burden' ' ■?>♦/ ϊ $ - 1· > >,

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, ^'fY/Y^Of A,75^-..through the next twelve months. The increases in salaries ' p;-· i.v > · *1 * . Λ · 1 . . , · r . ■ ■ ■ ■ . · t -.£.}T “ j V ’ f'jYY'YYand* allowances is estimated at 24,4% compared to last year. T M ' s S ’ ls.U\■ ' T * ; « i . - k C V r . ’ Γ i , · . .’ ■ ■ 7 ‘ -a.· · : . Vy; ’ ‘ v ' l · ' · ■doe's not include wage and salary movements which’ ,'will occur ••■through // ‘the/year, (there are 'already many· large claims lodged with t h e T Board.)-r. V ^ V ■ ’ " ' «. *■ * ‘ ‘ ’ · . - " : ‘uf -Λ-Ί*) : ··, t # o r ;/does it include,? the creation of-new jobs through the year · ' ■ . /tfi/ Ύ' Ϊ-There.are already .many ministerial claims for bigger·,departmental/·Î³-1 /;/;' . . . . - - ' ' · .'. ’·. ' - ·; '' · " ■ · CA' = . * $ ? . . .·-),.. -r;·V. ^ χ·Î¹·"».· ■■> -V-· . J ' : . · Γ ·.- - · / - ' ■'■ · . V · · . ·'γ/'■#.-■·..■'·\T '· ·. f t ' " S'. 41. f* : , 4 A r.. i /- ■ "I ’ .V - ". ■ · V/.Y -·Î· - . : v U -· -t i. V ϊ* v-. ·Î²r:Y^'1. · .< , · * . · ‘ t· V * - .J , y ;i * · ' ^ .F · · '· 1 | J · * '·'•ίλ’' ■ . . · · ^ . ‘ ' ! V 'ϊ.':/-/!'.·“/·.- ' v J,· ' " 'A.;· X r, ' J*J ‘ X, ’ ■ *. . . „·%>♦»· , ij*, ·«. , , . .. v. ..... . . v. .· ->· "J (. ’Ά• V . . L v < v- L . - : S .. S - 4 - 4 '* -. i/*· j' ,Ή·:, ; . . . ' ■ ; . Ά •Λ'^.'Τχ.^.ϊ . f S x r j I t W t i & t V i ' V rfV

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> .promises another'$1. 50 ·in six months. This $3 will raise pensions * *z ■ v - · ' ■ ·'* I > *

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· · - . . leave, the pensioner with his 11.4% increase. ■ They are being badly -a < i * \ '·* ' ' 1 ' . ' ' · " ■ - - - - - , , ^ >$■··'.

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wage earner gets a'rise of 13% during the year - which the , ' . . , ^

' .V.>" ' ! ’ * . » t·," ' i .Government expects; %* his weekly earnings will reach $119*89 or ’ * V; : - Ί ,05*964 a year. This, is an | increase of 0686 a year. But what .

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"( ’ ^ admits - iiiflation will be 10-J%. The Consumer Price Index is running

this year.. His take-home pay is increased 10.2%.. The Government, Λ

at :13%.'' This family has made no advance.,in real terms do spite, a n ; v j i'Lv

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This is more than swallowed up by the 10.5λ> inflation the

Government expects and he is even worse hit by the C.P.I.

increase of 13%. This family will make no advance in real terms

despite a wage increase of $1,014 a year. The amount of tax he

is paying is staggering I

This year the Labor Government will take more from the

taxpayers than has ever been taken before. The income t ax"it

collects from wage and salary earners will increase by 27%·

Every family will feel the tax bite taking a greater percentage

of their income. . | ·

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This year the increase in what is to be taken from the

taxpayer - not the total take - will be more than a thousand

million dollars. Compare this with these words: "Don't be fooled

by the Liberal boast that tax rates have not been increased.....

the taxes have been raised by the simple, silent, expedient of

leaving the tax schedules unchanged and letting inflation and

wage increases do the rest. It is the typical Liberal way".

Who said it? Mr. IJhitlam in his 1969 election speech.

This year increases in indirect taxes on petrol,

cigarettes and alcohol will hit you hard. Cigarettes are up

five cents, spirits are up by 15% and petrol is up by more than

10% - 5 cents a gallon.

These Government actions hit hardest the small and middle

income earners. They can least afford to pay more for their

smokes. Whiskey and Brandy are becoming expensive luxury goods

for the rich. The new petrol costs are making it more and more

difficult for the family nan to afford his motoring.

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Mr. Whit lain on September 18th, 1972, in "A Current Affair".

MR. WILLISEE: What about other indirect taxes: sales tax and so

on?

MR. WKITLAM: Yes, we would be wanting to remove the sales tax

on a great number of things....

In foreign affairs the Government promised a 'new' spirit

of co-operation with our neighbours and our allies. What is their

record? Labor has - insulted the British: bemused the Americans:

confused the Indonesians: offended the Thais: patronised the

Pacific Islanders: outraged the Singaporeans: alienated the

Japanese: upset the Israelis by Middle East partisanship: created

apprehension and uncertainty in Papua i*ew Guinea. These are the

Prime Minister's great 'triumphs' in foreign policy.

Labor promised to maintain defence spending. Tiiey said "we

will maintain defence spending at at least 3.5$. The Deputy Prime

Minister, Mr. Barnard, meekly admits the broken promises. The

Budget cut it to 2.9/^ of G.N.P. Allowing for inflation, it will be 2.6/41

The Labor Party promised co-operation with the States.

They have achieved conflict with the States. Never have

Conmonwealth/State relations been so bad as they are now. The Prime

Minister wants to have control of all policy in Canberra. Premiers'

Conferences are to be ended. The Prime Minister says he doesn't

come out of them well1 !

It is not in Australia's interests to have conflict

between the Commonwealth and the States. We must have a co­

operative Federal system to serve the best interests of the people

of Australia. The Liberal Party is strongly committed to co­

operative federalism as the best form of Government for Australia.

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Labor promised to have full consultation with industry so

that industry could be certain of v/here they stood. Certainty is

essential for the proper commercial and industrial development

of this country. Yet never before has been such uncertainty

throughout the business community. Never before has there been

so many wild and unsupported threats made by Government to industry.

There is hardly a businessman who is not angry and confused about

what the Government will |do next. i

There has been virtually no new mining investment and no

new mineral exploration during the Government1s period of office.

Labor told electors during their election campaign last

year - "v/e have a special relationship with trade unions - d o n ' t

worry about industrial unrest, xve will ensure industrial harmony".

We know that this has turned out to be wrong. In the first six

months of Labor Government there were significantly more disputes

than in the same period last year - 1 .k2 million working days

lost. This is an increase of more than 65%· Wages lost because

of strikes almost doubled - workers lost more than C23.7 million

dollars. New South Wales was by far the hardest hit. Because

of the dominance of the trade union movement over the A.L.P. and

its politicians, the Labor Government is powerless to exercise

responsible leadership in industrial relations.

The Labor Government has announced its plan to build a

second International Air Terminal at Galston. The Minister

responsible for Civil Aviation acting on expert advice was over­

ruled. No justification has been given for this extraordinary

decision. Where is the environmental impact study? The

Government has solemnly said no decisions will be taken that are

not economically feasible nor before an environmental impact study

has been fully examined. There has been no environmental

consideration at all1

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The Minister for Conservation and Environment says he is

very keen on environmental impact studies, but lie is reported as

not even being present at the decisive Cabinet Meeting. His

reported comment is a whimper of approval to the scheme. Many

questions arise. What are the consequences for an air terminal

at Galston? How hazardous is the flight path into Galston? What

repercussions lias this for the City of Parramatta and nearby

residential areas? Are the climatic conditions suitable for an

air terminal? The questions are interminable. What a ivay to run

a country - "Pull out of the hat a Liberal hold electorate - don't

do a feasibility study but say you are going to expend 700 million

dollars on an air terminal". It is no wonder that this community

is protesting. *

And the whole Australian community will welcome a protest

in Parramatta against the Labor Government. The problems now

faced by Parramatta are faced by the' whole of Australia. This

by-election is an opportunity for Parramatta to protest against the

Labor Government's unwillingness to confront head-on the problems

of prices and inflation. it is an opportunity to protest against

increasing tax revenue - w h i c h you must pay. It is an opportunity

to protest against the Labor created bureaucracy and centralisation

of control in Canberra. ' Against Labor's swindle to aged

pensioners which do not even cover the rate of inflation which

the Government expects. The people of Parramatta have the

opportunity to protest against broken election pledges. The Labor

Government has demonstrated its irresponsibility, both in

Australia and to the world. Australia deserves better - in

Parramatta you have the chance to demand it by voting Liberal.