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Γ Η Ε L I B E R A L P A R T Y O F A U S T R A L I A

FEDERAL PRESIDENT: MR. R.J. SOUTHEY, C.M.G. DIRECTOR: MR. B.G. HARTCHER, O.B.E.

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT

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F ro m The Hon, Malcolm F ra s e r , MP, Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Im m igration.

M igrants have contributed greatly to the development of A ustralia and A ustralian industry. Many key industries, including the building, steel and c a r manufacturing industries, could not have expanded without th e ir skilled assistance.

The base of A ustralian culture has been broadened with the inflow of m igrants who have added enormously to the depth and richness of A ustralian life.

L iberal P arty policy is to pursue growth, but growth alone is not enough. We m ust place an equal em phasis on quality of life fa c to rs. Only with this balanced view can every A ustralian, new and old, be assured of his o r h er basic right - "the good life". A u stralia’s reso u rces can be fully developed to enable us to m eet the demands put upon a m odern society to help the socially disadvantaged.

F o r these reaso n s, we would have p referred a higher skilled m igrant intake and the G overnm ent's decision reflects a pessim istic outlook for the future of A ustralia. Since they have cut the m igrant intake level, the Government should concentrate on attracting skilled m igrants who are now short in the building industry, for example,

which affects all home owners, and in the steel industry, which affects everyone. A higher skilled m igrant ta rg e t would help achieve additional production capacity which in turn would alleviate the bottle necks now occuring in such industries.

F u rth erm o re, under the p resent G overnm ent's policy it is likely that the percentage of active skilled w orkers as opposed to dependants will be le s s . Whilst the Opposition supports the re-unification of fam ilies, changed em phasis will mean that the targ et of 110, 000 will do little to a s sist the acute shortage of skilled w orkers which is now p resen t.

However, I repeat that what A ustralia needs is skilled m igrants who will add not only to the physical strength but to the culture and depth of life in A ustralia.

We believe that A ustralia has the capacity to provide a good life for many millions m ore people than now resid e in this country and it will be the L iberal P a rty 's objective to pursue that ideal.

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JMF:FS:26 AUGUST 13, 1973