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THE LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

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

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT BLACKALL & MACQUARIE STS., BARTON. A.C.T. G.P.O. BOX 13, CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600 TELEPHONE 73 2564 TELEGRAMS "FEDLIB" CANBERRA

NEWS R E L E A S E : EMBARGO: 7 .0 0 PM

FROM THE HON. A .S . PEACOCK, MP

The f i r s t sig n s of d isin te g ra tio n of the W hitlam G o v ern m en t a re now a p p a re n t,

L ib e ra l fro n t b e n c h e r, M r. A ndrew P e a co c k sa id tonight. Speaking at a

public m eetin g o rg a n is e d by th e E ls te rn w ic k South B ra n ch of the L ib e ra l P a rty ,

M r. P e a co c k sa id not only b u sin e ss but wide se c tio n s of the tra d e union m ovem ent

a re c o m p letely d isillu sio n e d with the F e d e r a l G o v ern m en t.

"C o n tacts c o n firm th a t a la r m in the A L P is w id e sp rea d , and it is not su ffic ie n t

fo r the P r im e M in iste r to sim p ly b lam e o th e r M in is te rs fo r the m e s s in the

econom y. The b la m e r e s t s f a irly and s q u a re ly with the P rim e M in iste r h i m s e l f ,"

M r. P e a co c k s a id .

"U ndoubtedly, M r. W hitlam is show ing sig n s of panic and is not handling h is

w orkload ad eq u ately . T h is is p a rtly c a u se d by h is own in flated b e lie f th a t only

he can act e ffe ctiv ely as P rim e M in iste r, F o re ig n M in iste r, T ra d e M in iste r -

through h is re s p o n s ib ility fo r ta r if f policy - and M in iste r fo r th e A r ts .

"Som e d issid e n t A L P m e m b e rs and a n u m b er of key tra d e u n io n ists a re even

h atch in g a plot to o v e rth ro w th e P rim e M in is te r.

"A deep r if t h as again developed betw een M r. W hitlam and M r. H aw ke. T h is

tim e it a p p e a rs irre c o n c ila b le . F u r th e r m o r e , m any believ e th a t if th e r e was

an oppo rtu n ity fo r a " s p ill" in the C aucus a n u m b er of M in iste rs would be a x e d ..

"M any tra d e u n io n ists now r e a lis e they would be h a p p ie r d ealing w ith a

L ib e ra l G o v ern m en t and cannot se e M r. Hawke being able to c a r r y out h is

co nflicting r o le s at th e head of both the A L P and the ACTU. W hatever chance

he had h a s b een d e stro y e d by the d e te rm in a tio n of m any tr a d e unions to d efeat

the re fe re n d u m on wage c o n tro l. "

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ASP:FS:11 EMBARGO: 7 .0 0 PM

OCTOBER 4, 1973.