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STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER,

THE HON. E.G. WHITLAM, Q.C., M.P.,

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

THURSDAY, 5 JUNE 1975

When I l a st reported to the Pa r l ia m e n t on the

Go ver n m en t ' s a c h ie v e m e n t s a t .the end of the s i t t i n g s

in December 1974, I stressed the c o n t i n u i n g importance .

of the Go v e r n m e n t ' s programs . I e m p h a s is e d th a t we ■ ; .

WOULD PRESS AHEAD WITH OUR PROGRAMS IN FULFILMENT OF

THE UNDERTAKINGS WE HAD GIVEN TO THE AUSTRALIAN

PEOPLE. T he people had t w ic e endorsed those programs

AT THE ELECTIONS OF 1972 AND 1974. THEY HAD TWICE

CONFIRMED THE TRUST PLACED IN US. THE LAST SIX MONTHS -

THIS FIRST SESSIONAL PERIOD OF 1975 - HAVE BROUGHT US

CLOSER TO THE GREAT GOALS WE PROCLAIMED. FOR ALL OUR

DIFFICULTIES, FOR ALL THE DISTRACTIONS AND DIVERSIONS

WE HAVE FACED IN THIS PLACE AND OUTSIDE, FOR ALL THE

PROPAGANDA OF OUR OPPONENTS, FOR ALL THE OBSTRUCTION

of the St a t e Government and v e s t e d i n t e r e s t s , for a l l

THE DENIGRATION OF THE PRESS/ THIS HAS BEEN A PERIOD

OF GREAT AND POSITIVE -ACHIEVEMENT BY THE AUSTRALIAN’

Go ver n m en t . Th i s i s very much a t i m e to keep those

ACHIEVEMENTS IN MIND, TO PUT THE RECORD IN PERSPECTIVE,

TO REFLECT ON THE BASIC STRENGTH AND PROSPERITY OF THE

NATION, THE UNDERLYING STRENGTH OF THE ECONOMY, THE REAL

GAINS WE HAVE MADE IN SOCIAL REFORM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

AND IN THE LIVING STANDARDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE.

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The l a s t s i x months have c e r t a i n l y not be en

e a s y, When has t h e r e be en a t i m e when t h e t a s k of

g ov er nm en t was e a s y? Where i s t h e r e a co untry where

GOVERNMENT IS EASY? We BEGAN THE YEAR IN THE

AFTERMATH OF THE DARWIN CYCLONE - THE GREATEST .

NATURAL DISASTER AUSTRALIA HAS KNOWN, It WAS .

FOLLOWED BY A SECOND CALAMITY IN HOBART INVOLVING .

APPALLING SOCIAL DISRUPTION AND LOSS OF L I F E . THE ...

Go v e r n m e n t ' s r e s p o n s e to t h e s e c a l a m i t i e s was pr ompt

AND GENEROUS, I KNOW THAT ALL HONOURABLE MEMBERS

WILL JOIN ME IN A TRIBUTE TO THE NATURAL DISASTER

Or g a n i s a t i o n for i t s h a n d l i n g of t h e Da r w in c r i s i s ,

and to t h e Da r w i n p e o p l e t h e m s e l v e s for t h e i r f o r t i t u d e

AND UNDAUNTED S P I R I T , We IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISHED A

Da r w i n Re c o n s t r u c t i o n Co m m i s s i o n and e n t r u s t e d i t

WITH THE MASSIVE TASK OF REBUILDING THE C IT Y . We AGREED

TO ESTABLISH A JOINT TASMAN BRIDGE RESTORATION COMMISSION.

W e have c o m m it t e d more than $58 m i l l i o n to t h e Dar w in

RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM AND AN IN IT IA L GRANT OF $6 MILLION

for Ho b a r t , I need hardly s tr e s s that in t i m e s of

ECONOMIC DIFFICULTY, DISASTERS OF THIS MAGNITUDE PLACE

NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED DEMANDS ON THE NATION'S MATERIAL

AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES. UNSTINTING AND UNQUESTIONING

THOUGH OUR RESPONSE HAS BEEN, THE DARWIN AND HOBART

DISASTERS HAVE CERTAINLY NOT MADE IT EASIER TO CONTEND.

WITH THE ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES FACING AUSTRALIA -

DIFFICULTIES WE SHARE WITH ALL OTHER COMPARABLE COUNTRIES.

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W e c a n , h o w e v e r , t a k e h e a r t f r o m s i g n s o f i m p r o v e m e n t

A L R E A D Y A P P A R E N T I N T H E ECONOMY , O f COURS E I T # S NOT A ’

T I M E FOR C O M P L A C E N C Y ; T H E R E I S S T I L L A N E E D FOR S T E A D Y

J U D G M E N T AND A C A L M , R A T I O N A L AP P ROACH T O OUR D I F F I C U L T I E S ,

B u t t h e r e i s g o o d r e a s o n t o b e l i e v e t h a t a r e c o v e r y i s

u n d e r w a y , C o n s u m e r c o n f i d e n c e , r e f l e c t e d i n r i s i n g r e t a i l ·

S A L E S AND H I G H E R D I S P O S A B L E I N C O M E S , HAS SHOWN S I G N I F I C A N T

g a i n s . P r i v a t e i n v e s t m e n t i n t h e b a s i c a r e a s o f t h e e c o n o m y

I S R I S I N G . T h e i m p o r t a n t t h i n g t o r e m e m b e r i s t h a t t h e

G o v e r n m e n t ' s p o l i c i e s h a v e p u t m o n e y i n t h e p o c k e t s o f

A u s t r a l i a n s , P e o p l e a r e m o r e p r o s p e r o u s t o d a y t h a n t h e y

H A V E E V E R B E E N ,

W h e n e v e r w e h e a r c r i t i c i s m o f t h i s G o v e r n m e n t ' s

p o l i c i e s r e m e m b e r t h i s s i m p l e f a c t : t h e A u s t r a l i a n p e o p l e

H A V E N E V E R B E E N B E T T E R OF F - B E T T E R O F F I N T H E MONE Y T H E Y

H AV E TO S P E N D , B E T T E R OF F I N T H E I R R E A L I N C O M E S , B E T T E R OF F

I N T H E RANGE OF S E R V I C E S AND O P P O R T U N I T I E S A V A I L A B L E T O . T H E M

f r o m t h i s G o v e r n m e n t ' s a g e n c i e s a n d p r o g r a m s , S i n c e -

D e c e m b e r 1 9 7 2 i n c o m e s o f w a g e a n d s a l a r y e a r n e r s h a v e g r o w n

MUCH F A S T E R T H A N T H E C O S T OF L I V I N G , A V E R A GE M I N I M U M WE E K L Y

AWARD R AT E S FOR MEN H A V E I N C R E A S E D BY 5 3 PER C E N T ; F OR WOMEN

BY NO L E S S T HAN 7 5 P E R C E N T , R E A L A V E R A G E WE E K L Y E A R N I N G S

A F T E R T A X F OR A L L WAGE AND S A L A R Y E A R N E R S H A V E I N C R E A S E D

BY 7 , 3 PER C E N T S I N C E T H I S GOV E R N ME N T CAME T O O F F I C E , I n

A D D I T I O N , WE H AV E T A C K L E D T H E G R E A T AND D I F F I C U L T P R OBL E M

OF WAGE I N D E X A T I O N . I n I T S H I S T O R I C J U D G M E N T OF 3 0 A P R I L

t h e C o n c i l i a t i o n a n d A r b i t r a t i o n C o m m i s s i o n a c c e p t e d t h e

G o v e r n m e n t ' s c a s e f o r a r e s t o r a t i o n o f q u a r t e r l y c o s t o f

L I V I N G A D J U S T M E N T S , W l T H REASON AND G O O D WI L L WE CAN MAKE

T H I S REFORM WORK.

Pr o p e r l y a p p l i e d , i t can b r i n g greater 'b e n e f i t s and gr ea ter

MATERIAL. SECURITY TO ALL WAGE EARNERS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE

SOLUTION OF OUR LONG-TERM ECONOMIC PROBLEMS, : .

. For a l l t h a t, we do not s e e r e a l l i v i n g sta n d a r d s

SOLELY IN MONEY TERMS, We HAVE NEVER DONE SO, ΪΗΕ REAL

p r o s p e r i t y of th e Au s t r a l i a n p e o p le l i e s i n c r e a s i n g l y i n the .

QUALITY OF THE SERVICES GOVERNMENTS PROVIDE FOR THE WHOLE

c o m m u n i t y . Th a t h i g h e r order o f p r o s p e r i t y - t h a t w i d e r and t

DEEPER COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE' S GOOD - DEPENDS ON THE .

s u c c e s s of our s o c i a l p r o g r a m s, M y Government has g iv e n

prim ac y to t h i s Pa r l ia m e n t as the c h i e f in s t r u m e n t of s o c ia l

refo rm . Our programs are e s s e n t i a l l y l e g i s l a t i v e programs ;

the measure of t h e i r scope and importance can be seen i n the

number of b i l l s passed through t h i s Pa r l i a m e n t . Our ·

l e g i s l a t i v e program in our f i r s t two years surpassed a l l

RECORDS SINCE FEDERATION - 254 B ILLS INTRODUCED IN 1973, "

229 in 1974, So far t h i s y e a r , to the close of b u s in e s s

la st n i g h t , Pa r l ia m e n t has sat for 421 hours and a t o t a l

of 125 b i l l s has been in t r o d u c e d . I t i s a f o r m id a b l e

a c h i e v e m e n t . I t h i n k i t proper to acknowledge th a t the

Op p o s i t i o n , under i t s new l e a d e r s h i p , has behaved w it h

greater decorum in t h i s 'Pa r l ia m e n t than p r e v i o u s l y , Th i s has

CERTAINLY MEANT A MORE RATIONAL AND MORE ORDERLY DESPATCH

OF BUSINESS, I t DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE OPPOSITION HAS

ABANDONED ITS TACTICS OF OBSTRUCTION, I t DOES MEAN THAT

THE PROCEEDINGS OF THIS HOUSE HAVE BEEN LESS DEMEANING TO

THE REPUTATION OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY,

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W e have seen t h i s year a number of s i g n i f i c a n t

Government programs brought to f r u i t i o n , Others have

BEEN BROUGHT TO THE POINT OF IMPLEMENTATION, THEIR .

BENEFITS WILL SOON BE FLOWING TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE

AND THE PARTICULAR GROUPS WHO NEED THEM - THE LOW" .

INCOME EARNERS, THE CHILDREN, THE SICK, THE HANDICAPPED.

Ra d i c a l and e n d u r in g s o c i a l reform i s not a c h i e v e d .

OVERNIGHT; IT IS NOT ACHIEVED BY' SPENDING MORE : ' /

MONEY, THOUGH MONEY IS CERTAINLY NEEDED. I t REQUIRES

NEW INSTITUTIONS, NEW SCALES AND PRIORITIES, NEW

SOCIAL ATTITUDES, NEW POLITICAL GUIDELINES, NEW EFFORTS

AT CO-OPERATION, NEW MEN AND WOMEN IN POSITIONS OF

a u t h o r i t y , Th i s process can be d i f f i c u l t and p a i n f u l l y

PROTRACTED, BUT EVENTUALLY THE RESULTS WILL SHOW,

We h a v e .seen i t i n the c r e a t io n of Me d i b a n k , now the

LAW OF THE LAND, A GREAT PIONEERING REFORM WHICH THE

RELUCTANT STATES HAVE BEEN DRIVEN INEXORABLY TO ACCEPT,

BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THEY THEMSELVES WILL BENEFIT

AND ABOVE ALL THAT THE PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT, WHAT A LESSON

OUR OPPONENTS HAVE LEARNED! AFTER ALL THE OBSTRUCTION

in t h i s Pa r l i a m e n t , a f t e r a l l the a t t e m p ts to dela y

the Me d ib a n k b i l l s - not j u s t the b a s ic l e g i s l a t i o n which

THE PEOPLE SPECIFICALLY ENDORSED, BUT THE ANCILLARY BILL.S

TO ESTABLISH AND FINANCE THE PROGRAM " THE ANTI"LABOR

Sta t e s are now s e e k in g to j o i n t h e Me d ib a n k s c h e m e ,

AND IF THEIR ADVERTISEMENTS CAN BE BELIEVED, EVEN

TAKING SOME OF THE CREDIT FOR IT , · ’ .

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One of t h e them es of a l l our reforms has b e e n to

ASSERT THE P R IN C I P L E O F COMPETITION - FREE AND FAIR COMPETITION

IN A MIXED ECONOMY, PRODUCTIVE COMPETITION BETWEEN PRIVATE

AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISE. W e HAVE SEEN THE BENEFITS OF SUCH

COMPETITION IN THE AIRLINES AND THE BANKS. W e SHALL EXTEND IT

TO OTHER FIELDS. I n THE FACE OF AN UNSCRUPULOUS AND

CONTINUING CAMPAIGN OF MISREPRESENTATION, WE HAVE PASSED

LEGISLATION IN THIS HOUSE TO ESTABLISH AN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

I nsurance Co r p o r a t io n . I t w i l l p r o v id e the w id e s t p o s s ib l e

COVER FOR HOMES AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PREMIUMS AND OFFER

A WIDE RANGE OF INSURANCE SERVICES. WHAT PUBLIC IN IT IA T IV E

CAN ACHIEVE IN HEALTH INSURANCE IT CAN ACHIEVE IN FAIR ,

COMPETITION IN GENERAL INSURANCE.

We HAVE DEVELOPED AND EXTENDED OUR LEGAL AID SERVICE.

S ix r e g io n a l o f f i c e s of the Au s t r a l ia n Legal Ai d Of f i c e have

BEEN OPENED THIS YEAR AND MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

a s s i s t e d . W e have s e t up an Au s t r a l ia n Ho u s in g Co r p o r a tio n

TO TAKE ACTION IN AREAS WHERE THE EXISTING HOUSING SYSTEM

IS UNABLE TO MEET EXISTING HOUSING NEEDS; ALREADY THIS YEAR

WE HAVE FUNDED THE CONSTRUCTION BY STATE HOUSING AUTHORITIES

OF 13,580 HOMES FOR LOW"INCOME EARNERS - 5,000 MORE THAN THE

NUMBER BUILT IN 1973-74. WE HAVE ESTABLISHED.THE AUSTRALIAN

Fi l m Co m m is s io n to promote local f i l m p r o d u c t io n . These are

ALL AREAS - HOUSING, M eDIBANK, GENERAL INSURANCE, LEGAL AID,

FILM PRODUCTION " WHERE EXISTING SERVICES HAVE FAILED TO MEET

DEMONSTRABLE HUMAN OR SOCIAL NEEDS, OR WHERE COMPETITION IS

LIKELY TO BRING NEW BENEFITS TO THE CONSUMER.

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L e t m e g i v e a f u r t h e r e x a m p l e - i n a f i e l d

WHERE P ROGRE S S T H I S Y E A R HAS B E E N R E M A R K A B L E . I R E F E R T O .

T R A N S P O R T . IN MY LAST STATEMENT OF THIS KIND I MENTIONED

OUR MASSIVE CONTRIBUTION TO NATIONAL AND URBAN ROADS

programs . Those programs are well i n h a n d . The o u t s t a n d in g ·

AREA OF PROGRESS THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN THE

r a il w a y s . Suburban commuters , i n Sydney e s p e c i a l l y , may :

WONDER AT THAT STATEMENT. THEIR OVERCROWDED AND .

INCREASINGLY INADEQUATE RAIL SERVICES CONTINUE TO DECLINE

IN FREQUENCY AND QUALITY WHILE THE STATES REFUSE OUR

OFFERS, REPEATEDLY MADE, TO ASSUME FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

FOR RAIL SYSTEMS AND RAISE THEIR PRESENT ATROCIOUS STANDARDS.

But i n the area of n a t io n a l ra ilw ays we have seen

GREAT AND PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT. . . :

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FI ORE T H A N ANY OF I T S P R E D E C E S S O R S , T H E GOV E RN ME N T

HAS R E C O G N I S E D T H E NE E D FOR A N A T I O N A L AP P ROACH TO

r a i l w a y s ; W e have re c o g n is e d that the ra ilw ays cannot

EFFECTIVELY SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS WITHIN THE PRESENT

FRAGMENTED SYSTEM. I t WAS THIS RECOGNITION THAT PROMPTED

MY OFFER IN MY 1972 POLICY SPEECH TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY

FOR THE RAILWAYS OF ANY STATES PREPARED TO TRANSFER THEM, .

Dur in g t h i s s e s s io n the Au s t r a l ia n Na t i o n a l Railw a ys

Co m m is s io n Bi l l , t h e Railw a ys (South Au s t r a l i a ) B i l l and the

railw ays (T a s m a n ia )' B i l l have been p a s s e d . Following

a p p r o p r ia t e l e g i s l a t i o n i n the South Au s t r a l ia n and

Ta sm a n ia n Pa r l ia m e n t s they w i l l allow the transfer of

THE NON-METROPOLITAN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN AND THE TASMANIAN

RAILWAYS TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. THIS'-IS THE

FIRST MAJOR STEP TOWARD THE CREATION OF A TRULY NATIONAL

RAILWAY. T he ANR w i l l have the ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

AND OPERATIONAL POWERS NECESSARY TO CONSOLIDATE INTO A

SINGLE SYSTEM THE COMMONWEALTH RAILWAYS AND THE

TRANSFERRED STATE RAILWAYS.

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W e h a v e d o n e m u c h t o r e l i e v e t h e s h o r t - t e r m

P ROBL E MS OF R A I L W A Y S , T H E R E I S A D E S P E R A T E L A C K OF

MODERN I N T E R S Y S T E M R O L L I N G S T O C K , W e H A V E I N S T I T U T E D

A PROGRAM T O P U R C H A S E MODERN H I G H - S P E E D WAGONS WH I C H

W I L L BE A V A I L A B L E F OR L E A S E T O T H E S T A T E S , T H I S PROGRAM

P R O V I D E S F OR T H E P U R C H A S E OF 1 , 3 0 0 WAGONS OV E R T H E

N E X T TWO Y E A R S . C O N T R A C T S H A V E A L R E A D Y B E E N L E T F OR ■

T H E F I R S T ORDER FOR 5 0 0 WA GONS j T E N D E R D OC UME NT S

A R E B E I N G P R E P A R E D - F O R AN A D D I T I O N A L S 0 0 - V E H I C L E S .

A n d f i n a l l y , t o m e e t t h e c h a l l e n g e o f m o u l d i n g a t r u l y

N A T I O N A L T R A N S P O R T S Y S T E M - I N C L U D I N G T H E R A I L W A Y S AND

O T H E R FORMS OF T R A N S P O R T - WE . H A V E S OU GH T T O R E S T O R E

t h e I n t e r - S t a t e C o m m i s s i o n s p e c i f i e d i n S e c t i o n 1 0 1 o f

t h e C o n s t i t u t i o n . .

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TWO OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PRESENT SESSION

REFLECT SOMETHING OF THE GOVERNMENT'S FUNDAMENTAL

SOCIAL AND HUMAN P R IO R IT IE S . THE FAMILY LAW B lL L -

A MONUMENT TO THE FORMER ATTORNEY-GENERAL, NOW .

Mr Ju s t i c e Murphy - has c o m p l e t e l y r e f u r b i s h e d t h e :. ·

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE LAWS OF AUSTRALIA AND DONE . ^

AWAY WITH THE MEDIEVAL CONCEPTS OF GUILT AND FAULT. ·"■'

The b i l l has e s t a b l i s h e d a Fa m i l y Cou rt of Au s t r a l i a \

WHICH WILL EXPLORE METHODS OF RECONCILIATION AND PROTECT

THE RIGHTS OF ALL PARTIES IN DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS IN AN

ATMOSPHERE OF DIGNITY AND HUMANITY. " THIS WAS A

MAJOR SOCIAL REFORM. I AM PROUD THAT I T WAS BROUGHT ...

FORWARD UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT. I n THE SAME S P I R I T WE

INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A CHILDREN'S COMMISSION.

Th a t l e g i s l a t i o n has now p a s s e d both Ho u s e s. The

Co m m i s s i o n w i l l a d m i n i s t e r a c o m p r e h e n s i v e range of

s e r v i c e s for c h i l d r e n - p r e- s c h o o l, day c a r e, p a r t- t i m e .

AND EMERGENCY CARE SERVICES, AFTER SCHOOL AND HOLIDAY

p r o j e c t s . Ap p r o x i m a t e l y 1 6 5 , 0 0 0 c h i l d r e n h a ve be en

CATERED FOR UNDER THIS NEW PROGRAM.

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Ϊ Η Ε D OC UME NT S 1 S H A L L P R E S E N T L Y T A B L E - AND

S E E K L E A V E TO I N C O R P O R A T E I N HANS ARD S E T OU T T H E F U L L

S COP E AND D E T A I L OF T H E G O V E R N M E N T ' S A C H I E V E M E N T S

D U R I N G T H E P A S T S I X MO N T H S , Ϊ Η Α Τ RE CORD S P E A K S F OR

i t s e l f , W h a t i t d o e s n o t c o n v e y i s t h e t r u e n a t u r e

o f t h e O p p o s i t i o n ' s b e h a v i o u r i n t h i s p e r i o d , I t

w o u l d b e p l e a s i n g t o b e a b l e t o r e p o r t t h a t t h e . *

O p p o s i t i o n ' s n e w d e c o r u m i n t h i s p l a c e h a s b e e n m a t c h e d

b y s a n e r a n d m o r e c o n c i l i a t o r y a t t i t u d e s t o t h e

G o v e r n m e n t ' s l e g i s l a t i v e p r o g r a m , W e have had n o t h in g

of the s o r t . Be h i n d the facade of reason and

r e s p o n s i b i l i t y the f a m i l i a r campaign of o b s t r u c t io n .

HAS CONTINUED, OUR OVERDUE REDISTRIBUTION PROPOSALS,

OUR BILL TO MODERNISE AND SIMPLIFY THE ELECTORAL LAWS,

OUR BILLS TO ABOLISH APPEALS TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL,

TO ESTABLISH A SUPERIOR COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TO DEAL

WITH LURKS AND MALPRACTICE IN THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY,

TO ESTABLISH A GOVERNMENT PURCHASING COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE

SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS FOR THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF

Re p r e s e n t a t iv e s - a l l th e s e have been r e j e c t e d or

DELAYED OR UNACCEPTABLY AMENDED IN THE SENATE, AND OF

COURSE THE CAMPAIGN OF OBSTRUCTION HAS BEEN PURSUED

BEYOND THIS PARLIAMENT IN THE COURTS AND IN THE STATES,

Once a g a in we saw the f l a u n t in g of an e s t a b l is h e d

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WHEN THE N . S . W , GOVERNMENT /

R E F U S E D TO A P P O I N T A S E N A T OR OF T H E G OV E R N ME N T P A R T Y TO

F I L L T H E V A C A N C Y C A U S E D BY S E N A T OR M U R P H Y ' S R E S I G N A T I O N ,

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W e have seen the same St a t e Government pursue i t s

PELLIFOGGING TACTICS IN BLOCKING APPOINTMENTS' TO

Federal b o d ie s and r e f u s in g to co- operate in such

THINGS AS A SOIL CONSERVATION PROGRAM. W e HAVE

SEEN OUR. LEGISLATION PERSISTENTLY CHALLENGED IN THE

COURTS - ESPECIALLY THOSE PARTS OF IT MOST LIKELY

TO BENEFIT THE WEAK, THE UNORGANISED, THE .

UNREPRESENTED SECTIONS OF SOCIETY.

I LEAVE THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE TO JUDGE THESE

TACTICS FOR THEMSELVES. THEY WILL NOT DETER US FROM

OUR GOALS, T he p a s t s i x months have shown what a

DETERMINED GOVERNMENT CAN ACHIEVE IN THE FACE OF

SENSELESS AND SUSTAINED OBSTRUCTION. DESPITE OUR

DIFFICULTIES IN THE SENATE, DESPITE THE BLIND UNREASON

OF THE ANTI-LABOR STATES, DESPITE THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

WITH WHICH EVERY NATION HAS TO CONTEND, WE HAVE BROUGHT

NEW AND PERMANENT REFORMS TO THE STATUTE BOOKS OF

THE NATION; WE HAVE CONTINUED TO ENHANCE AUSTRALIA'S

STANDING IN THE WORLD; WE HAVE PRODUCED A SOCIETY

WHICH HAS NEVER ENJOYED.GREATER INDIVIDUAL

PROSPERITY, GREATER OPPORTUNITIES OR GREATER PROSPECTS

FOR THE FUTURE.

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