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T H E LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA ™ ^ lea5e FEDERAL SECRETARIAT ■ ,

FROM THE HON. PHILLIP LYNCH, M.P., '

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION .

• The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Phillip Lynch, today called for the resignation of Labor Minister Camgron.

Mr.. Cameron made a commitment to resign if unemployment reached a quarter of a million, Mr. Lynch said.

Mr. Lynch described the present unemployment level as the most debilitating social tragedy that Australia had faced since the Great Depression.

"The crisis is clearly the responsibility of the Australian Government.

"It /:is a horrifying indictment of the stupidity and sheer incompetence of the Whitlam administration.

"It is downright deception to attempt to blame our unemployment on multi-national influences.

"Pfew Zealand, a far smaller economy, chronically subject to external economic pressures, with a far larger overseas-owned component of its s industrial and commercial basis has virtually no unemployment.

"New Zealand's full employment gives the lie to Labor's false claims.

"The Labor Party has simply lost control of the Australian economy.

"The level of unemployment is a clear affirmation of Labor's ineptitude and incompetence in government.

"Only a concerted national effort can produce recovery." ’

Mr. Lynch called for an immediate Premiers' Conference to put unity and co-ordination behind a national recovery effort. '

"Dr. Cairns' refusal to meet all six State Premiers at the one time confirms his unwillingness to rise above partisan politics - even in the face of national crisis.

"The Labor Government, through its repeated failure to confer and negotiate, is increasingly isolating itself from every section of the Australian community."

Mr. Lynch said the critical factor at the present time is the restoration of incentive and confidence to the Australian economy. .

"There can be no recovery without providing the incentive for Australian businessmen to invest, or without providing the incentive for the Australian worker to work." * * * * * *

12 January 1975

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