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Fill. HUN. E .G . : · 'ίίΙΤ : .Α Ί , O . C . ,

TO THE TASMANIAN STATE A . L . P CONFERENCE LAUNCESTON, 2T r E3n UARV i ' / T

J u s t over two w ee ks ago we ended λ s u c c e s s f u l ■

n a t i o n a l Co n f e r e n c e of t h e Pa r t y i n Te r r i g a l, Th a t

Co n f e r e n c e r e k i n d l e d our s p i r i t s and s t r e n g t h e n e d our

d e t e r m i n a t i o n to c a r r y on w i t h La b o r' s program aJd put

US BACK ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY, · YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT

OUR OPPONENTS PREDICTED ALL SORTS OF DISUNITY AND

DISSENSION IN TERRIGAL, I t WAS TO BE A CONFERENCE

STEEPED IN GLOOM AND WRACKED BY C R I S I S . AND OF COURSE

I T WAS NOTHING OF THE SORT. A.T TERRIGAL WE RALLIED

OUR -STRENGTH AND GATHERED OUR RESOURCES TO MEET WHATEVER

CHALLENGES, WHATEVER THREATS, WHATEVER OBSTACLES MAY

FACE US IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD. FOR WE CAN ΊΟ

LONGER HAVE ANY ILLUSIONS ABOUT OUR OPPONENTS. T.HE

EVENTS IN THE TWO SHORT WEEKS SINCE TERRIGAL HAVE SHOWN

ONCE AGAIN HOW DESPERATE AND UNSCRUPULOUS THEY ARE. Tl-IFY

W IL L MOT ACCEPT THE UMPIRE'S VERDICT AND THEY WILL NOT

ABIDE BY THE RULES OF THE GAME. '

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I T O L D T H E D E L E G A T E S A T T E R R I G A L : . „

■ "W e NOW KNOW THAT OUR OPPONENTS WT LI. TEAR UP THE

RULE BOOK AND WRITE NEW RULES WHENEVER THEY THINK IT

SUITS TH EM ," HOW TRUE THOSE WORDS WERE SHOWN TO BE.

Wi t h i n d a y s t h e Li b e r a l Pr e m i e r of New South Wa l e s

HAD TORN ANOTHER PAGE FROM THE RULE BOOK. W e SAW THE

LENGTHS TO WHICH THE LIBERALS WOULD GO TO OVERTHROW AY

e l e c t e d Go v e r n m e n t, to f r u s t r a t e i t s p r o g r a m, to o b s t r u c t

THE p e o p l e' s W IL L . W e KNOW T H I S , AND IN EVERYTHING WE

DO,. IN EVERYTHING WE SAY, WE MUST KEEP THIS FACT IN MIND.

Our o p p o n e n t s a r e out to d e s t r o y us by a n y m e a n s t h e y

c a n, The c o m in g y e a r w i l l p u t enormous s t r a i n s on our

r e s o u r c e s, our o r g a n i s a t i o n, our l o y a l t y and our v i g i l a n c e.

Th i s Ta s m a n i a n Co n f e r e n c e i s t h e f i r s t St a t e

Co n f e r e n c e- s i n c e we g a t h e r e d our f o r c e s and r e d e d i c a t e d

our e f f o r t s i n Te r r i g a l. I t w i l l c a r r y forward t h e

MOMENTUM AND THE GREAT S P I R I T OF RESOLVE WHICH TERRIGAL

SET IN TRAIN. OUR PARTY HAS A UNIQUE STRENGTH IN

Ta s m a n i a and a r e m a r k a b l e h o l d on t h e c o n f i d e n c e of

Ta s m a n i a n v o t e r s. W e h o l d a l l f i v e Hou se of Re p r e s e n t a t i v e

SEATS IN THI.S STATE. V e HAVE FIVE LABOR SENATORS. W e HAVE

a v i g o r o u s St a t e Labo r Go v e r n m e n t. Al l t h e s e a r e t r e m e n d o u s

ASSETS AMD A GREAT SOURCE OF'STRENGTH AND CONFIDENCE FOR

t h e Pa r t y a t t h e St a t e a n d n a t i o n a l l e v e l s. W e m u s t

DEFEND I T RESOLUTELY. I WANT THIS CONFERENCE - FOR THE GOOD

OF THE WHOLE I.ABOR MOVEMENT - TO CONSOLIDATE OUR UNITY AND

SAFEGUARD AND STRENGTHEN OUR DOMINANCE IN THIS STATE.

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L e t ' s B E Q U I T E C L E A R WH A T OI JR O d P O i \ ' E N T S · -

A R E T R Y I N G T O DO. T h E Y WA N T T O DRA G T H I S C O U N T R Y BACK -

B A C K TO T H E S T A G N A T I O N A N D C O M P L A C E N C Y T H A T WE B R O U G H T

TO A N END A F T E R 2 3 Y E A R S OF C O N S E R V A T I V E R U L E . Ϊ Η Ε Υ WA NT

τ ο ·:· ν \ κ Ε A u s t r a l i a s a f e f o r t h e f a n a t i c s , t h e S t a t e s

R I C H T E R S , T H E R E A C T I O N A R I E S , T H E V E S T E D I N T E R E S T S , T H E

O V E R S E A S C O M P A N I E S WHO H A D I T SO GOOD F OR SO L O N G .

T h e y w a n t t o t e a r d o w n o u r p l a n s f o r b e t t e r s c h o o l s , g u p

P L A N S FOR C H I L D R E N , M I G R A N T S , W I D O W S , M O T H E R S , A B O R I G I N E S

OUR P L A N S F OR U N I V E R S A L H E A L T H I N S U R A N C E , F OR N A T I O N A L

C O M P E N S A T I O N , F OR D E C E N T C I T I E S W I T H D E C E N T T R A N S P O R T .

The c l o s e r t h e s e g o a l s come to f r u i t i o n t h e more d e s p e r a t e

THEY ARE TO DESTROY THEM. THE -NEARER W F„ GET TO MED IBANK

OR' A PROPER LEGAL AID SERVICE, OR AN EFFECTIVE 2ETROLEUH

a n d Mi n e r a l s Au t h o r i t y, t h e more f r a n t i c and r u t h l e s s a pe

THEIR METHODS. ANY TACTICS WILL DO - FROM OBSTRUCT I ON

IN THE ME NATE TO OBSTRUCTION IN THE COURTS.

Of c o u r s e t h e y a re coy a b o u t w hat t h e y

WOULD DO THEMSELVES, ONLY LAST WEEK, IN AN UNGUARDED

MOMENT, MR, SNEDDEN LET S L IP ONE OF THE L IB E R A L S ' LESS

ATTRACTIVE PROMISES - THE RESTORATION OF FEES FOR

TERTIARY EDUCATION AND A CUTBACK If! STUDENT ALLOWANCES,

Th a t' s t h e s o r t of Li b e r a l economy m e a s u r e t h e v o u th of

Au s t r a l i a c o u l d e x p e c t. Bu t t h e Li b e r a l a x e would f a l l

MUCH WIDER THAN THAT. I t WOULD CHOP RUTHLESSLY INTO THE

CONSUMPTION AND L IV IN G STANDARDS OF THE POOR AND

UNORGANISED. W e KNOW WHO WOULD PAY THE PRICE FOR THE

RESTORATION OF SO-CALLED LIBERAL ' PROSPERITY' - EVERY WAGE

EARNER, EVERY EMPLOYEE, EVERY PENSIONER, EVERY WORKING MAN

AMD HIS FAMILY.

He r e i n Ta s m a n i a you h a v e ha d v i v i d e v i d e n c e r :

RECENT WEEKS OF THE CONTEMPT WITH WHICH OUR OPPONENTS

t r e a t t h i s St a t e. Ta s m a n i a h a s b e c o m e t h e l a t e s t

COCKPIT FOR COALITION SQUABBLES AMD PERSONAL FE'JDS. THE

HATRED AND BITTERNESS AMONG THE FORCES OF THE RlGHT IS

NEVER SO EVIDENT AS WHEN THEY FIGHT A MONO THEMSELVES.

Fi r s t we h a d Se n a t o r To w n l e y s h e d d i n g h i s t h r e a d b a r e

MANTLE OF INDEPENDENCE AND EMERGING IN MIS OLD L IB E R A L

c o l o u r s, For t h i s, i t s e e m s, he w i l l be r e w a r d e d w i t h

F I R S T PLACE ON THE NEXT L IB E R A L SENATE T I C K E T . I CAN

ONLY SAY THAT HE HAS MANAGED iO CONCEAL HIS INDEPENDENCE

VERY WELL IN RECENT MONTHS.

Them we had t h e c e l e b r a t e d v i s i t by Bj e l k e- Pe t e p s e n

to Ta s m a n i a i n an a t t e m p t to r e s u s c i t a t e t h e Na t i o n a l

Pa r t y. He and ' Ir An t h o n y m ade i t a two- man c r u s a d e.

The y had a ’d u s t y r e c e p t i o n from t h e Li b e r a l l e a d e r i n t h i s

St a t e, who a c c u s e d t h e Co u n t r y Pa r t y of " Em p i r e- b u i l d i n g"

AND WENT ON AT LENGTH ABOUT ITS "UNSAVOURY PAST". '

Bj e l k e- Pe t e r s e n s p e n t s e v e r a l d a y s i n Ta s m a n i a p r o c l a i m i n g

t h e b e n e f i t s h i s Pa r t y would b r i n g, Then he r e t u r n e d to

Qu e e n s l a n d and .t h r e a t e n e d t h e Ja p a n e s e Go v e r n m e n t w i t h ·

REPRISALS UNLESS‘ THEY STOPPED BUYING BEEF FROM TASMANIA.

YOU WILL REMEMBER HIS WORDS ON AN INTERVIEW ON THE ABC '

LAST MONDAY: "JAPAN SHOULD THINK IN TERMS OF THEIR GOOD

FRIENDS AND GOOD CUSTOMERS IN THIS AREA WHERE THEY BUY

THESE VAST QUANTITIES OF COAL THAT IS SO V IT A L TO THEM

Th e y s h o u l d t h i n k of us to b u y t h e i r m e a t, not Jew '

Ze a l a n d a n d not Ta s m a n i a. Th a t i s t h e m e s s a g e I 'm

TRYING TO GET OVER TO T H E M ." ■

And t h a t' s t h e Bj e l k e- Pe t e r s e n m e s s a g e to ·

Ta s m a n i a: Ja p a n s h o u l d n' t b uy b e e f from f o r e i g n

c o u n t r i e s l i k e Ta s m a n i a a n d Jew Ze a l a n d! I m ust say

I was r e l i e v e d when M r Sne dd em c o nde m ne d t h e Qu e e n s l a n d

Pr e m i e r i n the s a m e, b r a v e f o r t h r i g h t a n d p r i n c i p l e d f a s h i o n

t h a t he c o n d e m n e d t h e Le w i s t a c t i c s In New So u th W a l e s.

So t h e s e a r e t h e men who o p p o s e u s. γ/e a r e

d e a l i n g w i t h men who w i l l s c r a p t h e r u l e s when i t

s u i t s; t h e m, men who w i l l c h e e r f u l l y t h r e a t e n t h e whole b a s i s

of our d e m o c r a t i c s y s t e m, men who c a r e n o t h i n g for t h e

s e n s i t i v e c o n v e n t i o n s of i n t e r n a t i o n a l t r a d e, mem who w i l l ■

j e o p a r d i s e Au s t r a l i a' s s t a n d i n g a b r o a d for

a q u i c k p o l i t i c a l a d v a n t a g e, men too weak to b r i n g t h e i r

f o l l o w e r s i n t o l i n e or d e f e n d a co urse of a c t i o n w h i c h

t h e y know i s r i g h t. '

W e h a v e had a n o t h e r good e x a m p l e of t i i f i r d e s p e r a t i o n

i n r e c e n t w e e k s. The Li b e r a l Go v e r n m e n t of Vi c t o r i a,

c a s t i n g o f f t h e t r e n d y im a g e w h i c h once s e r v e d i t s

p u r p o s e s, has m o u n t e d a Hi g h Co u r t c h a l l e n g e to two of

OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS - THE REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT

Scheme a n d t h e Au s t r a l i a n As s i s t a n c e Pl a n. Of c o u r s e

THESE PROGRAMS ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE IN THEMSELVES,

A'S PIONEER ATTEMPTS TO INVOLVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN .

EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THEIR WELFARE. BUT THE VICTORIAN .

CHALLENGE, SUPPORTED BY OTHER LIBERAL STATES, DOESN'T JUST

JEOPARDISE LABOR'S PROGRAMS: IT THREATENS LEGISLATION ON

A RANGE OF MATTERS WHICH HAS STOOD FOR 22 YEARS OR MORE.

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i r w i l l j e o p a r d i s e s c h e m e s w h i c h w e r e o r i g i n a l l y

A U T H O R I S E D B Y T H E P R E V I O U S L l B E R A L - C o U N T R Y P A R T Y G O V E R N M E N T S -

G R A N T S TO T H E B L O O D T R A N S F U S I O N S E R V I C E , P R O J E C T S I N T H E

F I E L D OF M E D I C A L R E S E A R C H A MD C H I L D C A R E , P A Y M E N T S U N D E R

T H E N A T I O N A L A P P R E N T I C E S H I P S C H E M E , G R A N T S T O T H E

A u s t r a l i a n C o u n c i l o f S o c i a l S e r v i c e . ’

I t ' s w o r t h l i s t i n g t h e A u s t r a l i a n G o v e r n m e n t ·

i n i t i a t i v e s w h o s e e x i s t e n c e o f l e g a l s t a n d i n g a r e

t h r e a t e n e d b y t h i s c h a l l e n g e . T h e y i n c l u d e t h e f o l l o w i n g :

a s s i s t a n c e f o r i s o l a t e d c h i l d r e n , p r e - s c h o o l t e a c h e r

e d u c a t i o n a l l o w a n c e s , C o m m o n w e a l t h T e c h n i c a l S c h o l a r s h i p s ,

G r a n t s u n d e r t h e n e w p r o g r a m f o r c h i l d c a r e a n d p r e - s c h o o l

e d u c a t i o n , n a t i o n a l a p p r e n t i c e s h i p s c h e m e s , g r a n t s t o

C O M M U N I T Y A G E N C I E S I N V O L V E D I N M I G R A N T W E L F A R E , L O C A L A I D

F OR A B O R I G I N A L C O M M U N I T Y D E V E L O P M E N T , P R O T E C T I O N OF

A B O R I G I N A L S A C R E D S I T E S , A B O R I G I N A L C O M M U N I T Y E N T E R P R I S E S ,

A G E D P E R S O N S ' H O ME S A N D H O S T E L S , S H E L T E R E D E M P L O Y M E N T

A S S I S T A N C E , H A N D I C A P P E D C H I L D R E N ' S A S S I S T A N C E , H O M E L E S S

P E R S O N S ' A S S I S T A N C E , M E A L S ON W H E E L S , HOME N U R S I N G

S U B S I D I E S , N U R S I N G H O M E S ' A S S I S T A N C E A MD MA N Y M O R E .

I n a l l , s o m e 5 6 s e p a r a t e p r o g r a m s o f a s s i s t a n c e f r o m t h e

A u s t r a l i a n G o v e r n m e n t c o u l d b e a f f e c t e d i f t h e c h a l l e n g e

s u c c e e d s . I n t h e l o n g h i s t o r y o f L i b e r a l o b s t r u c t i o n ,

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

b l o o d y m i n d e d n e s s t h a n a l e g a l c h a l l e n g e w h i c h t h r e a t e n s ,

m o t o n l y L a b o r p r o g r a m s , b u t m a n y o f t h e t h i n g s t h e L i b e r a l s

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STARTED THEMSELVES.

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ϊ / η ε ν w e l o o k b a c k o n t h e m a n y r e f o r m s a n d

A C H I E V E M E N T S U N D E R A L A B O R G O V E R N M E N T , T H E R E I S ONE

T H I N G WE C A N L O O K T O W I T H T H E G R E A T E S T P R I D E . W e H A V E

B R O U G H T A B O U T A M A R K E D S H I F T I N T H E W E A L T H OF T H I S

c o u n t r y . R e a l l i v i n g s t a n d a r d s f o r t h e w a g e - e a r n e r -

E S P E C I A L L Y . T H O S E A T T H E B O T T O M OF T H E S C A L E - H A V E B E E N

R A I S E D A S N E V E R B E F O R E . T l - I I S F A C T MO R E T H A N A N Y T H I N G

E L S E - T H I S R A P I D I N C R E A S E I N T H E S H A R E OF Gf ' I R G O I N G *

T O WA G E S A N D S A L A R I E S - I S ' I N T O L E R A B L E T O OUR O P P O N E N T S .

I ll OUR FIRST TWO YEARS IN OFFICE AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS

INCREASED BY zl0% ~ AGAINST AN INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRI CE

i n d e x of 30%. M i n i m u m a w a rd r a t e s f or mem i n c r e a s e d by

G ‘ 7% a n d fo r women by mo l e s s t h a n 70%. R e a l a v e r a g e

WEEKLY EARNINGS AFTER TAX HAVE GOME UP BY 7 . 5 % .

I SHALL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THE LONG-TERM -

I M P L I C A T I O N S OF T H I S TREND, BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT THE

l a b o r Go v e r n m e n t h a s l o o k e d a f t e r t h e p e o p l e ι-.ή ο n e e d u s.

And t h e r e i s a n o t h e r TH IN G; we h a v e l o o k e d a f t e r t h o s e who

c a n' t s p e a k up f o r t h e m s e l v e s. W e know t h e MIDDLE CLASS

AND THE LABOUR UNIONS CAN PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS BECAUSE,

IN THE LAST RESORT, THEY CAN ORGANISE THEIR STRENGTHS AND

ARTICULATE THEIR DEMANDS. ΪΗΕ ABORIGINES, THE MIGRANTS,

THE WIDOWS, THE DESERTED CHILDREN, THE PENSIONERS, ARE

NOT SO FORTUNATE. ThlEY ARE NOT SO VOCAL. TlHEY ARE NOT

SO ORGANISED. ΪΗΕΥ NEED A GOVERNMENT THAT W ILL HEED

THEIR PROBLEMS AND SAFEGUARD THEIR NEEDS. AMD IT IS BECAUSE

WE HAVE DONE SO THAT VAST NUMBERS OF FORGOTTEN PEOPL.E,

NEGLECTED AND UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE, HAVE HAD A BETTER DEAL.

The Li b e r a l s know t h i s. And t h e y know when

PEOPLE FEEL"THE BENEFITS OF OUR PROGRAMS, THE REAL GAINS

IN THEIR L I V I N G STANDARDS, ALL THE L IB E R A L TALK ABOUT.

c e n t r a l i s m, St a t e r i g h t s a n d t h e Co n s t i t u t i o n w i l l be

REVEALED FOR THE CLAPTRAP I T I S . YOU HEAR A LOT ABOUT

La b o r a t t a c k s on t h e Fe d e r a l s y s t e m. ' Here i n ' Ta s m a n i a

t h e s m a l l e s t St a t e, you h a v e a s p e c i a l p l a c e i n t h e

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

s y s t e m o p e r a t e s t o you r a d v a n t a g e. I ASK! WHO i s

more c o n c e r n e d to m a k e the s y s t e m work - THOSE WHO want

TO PRESERVE ITS MANIFEST INADEQUACIES OR THOSE WHO WORK TO

IMPROVE IT ? I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE FEDERAL SYSTEM

CAN WORK BUT I KNOW IT WILL WORK BEST WHEN WE ESTABLISH

THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN THE THREE TIERS OF GOVERNMENT “

l o c a l, St a t e and n a t i o n a l. Th a t i s what we a r e d o i n g.

The l e s s o n of t h e p a s t d e c a d e - the l e s s o n to be drawn

FROM OUR OWN ELECTORAL SUCCESSES - IS THAT MANY OF OUR

PRESSING PROBLEMS DEPEND ON A GREATER INVOLVEMENT BY THE .

n a t i o n a l Go v e r n m e n t. I h a v e p o i n t e d our t h a t i n t h e two

Au s t r a l i a n St a t e s w i t h t h e l a r g e s t p o p u l a t i o n s, i t was

o b v i o u s t h a t o n l y t hr ough t h e i n v o l v e m e n t of t h e n a t i o n a l

g o v e r n m e n t c o u ld t h e p e o p l e be p r o v i d e d w i t h e s s e n t i a l p u b l i c

SERVICES LIK E HEALTH, TRANSPORT AND EDUCATION. I n THE

St a t e s w i t h t h e l a r g e s t a r e a s o n l y t h e. n a t i o n a l g o v e r n m e n t

COULD SAFEGUARD AUSTRALIAN CONTROL OF THE VAST NEW NATURAL

RESOURCES DISCOVERED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.

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I Η Γ/\ SHAN Ι Α , WHO BUT Till.. ΝλΤ I Of'IAU G Ο V E R (J f-l CI IT COULD DO

ANYTH 1 IJCi ABOUT YOUR K i l l RHINO AND RAILWAYS? ONLY AN

A t i * jι κ λ ι.ι λ ι ι La b o r G(j v l i:i i m i.ijt h a s n i i : w i l l, m i l r e s o u r c e s,

Tin·: a u t h o r i t y to u l y l l u i1 m i c A . i ' I . L , ahu Tin: m a t i o i j a r

r a i l w a y s, On l y t h e n a t i o n a l. Go v e r n m e n t can r e l i e v e your

St a t e Go v e r n m e n t of t h e c r i p p l i n g c o s t s of i t s r a i l w a y

s e r v i c e s, And we h a v e made g r e a t p r o g r e s s towards t h a t

g o a l i n THE p a s t few d a y s.

Labor has a good record i n Ta s m a n i a - a record of

p o s i t i v e a c h i e v e m e n t - and we shou ld m ake sure t h e p e o p l e

ARE AWARE OF I T , CERTAINLY WE HAVE A SpECIAL PROBLEM

WITH UNEMPLOYMENT WHICH [S HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL .

AVERAGE, BUT OUR MEASURES NAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO TACKLE

UNEMPLOYMENT NATIONALLY AS WELL AS REGIONALLY, ΪΗ Ε

Go v e r n m e n t has done more for Ta s m a n i a t h a n any Go v e r n m e n t

BEFORE US, W e HAVE BEEN UNSTINTINGLY GENEROUS IN OUR

F LNAN.C.I AL..PAYMENTS, OUR GENERAL PURPOSE REVENUE

ASSISTANCE TO TASMANIA AMOUNTED TO $131 M IL L IO N IN OUR

l a s t Bu d g e t - 3 1 ,6 % more t h a n 1 9 7 3 - 7 9 , S p e c i a l p u r p o s e

PAYMENTS FOR U N IV E R S IT IE S , HOSPITALS AND THE L IK E HAVE

SHOWN AN EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR RISE, THEY AMOUNTED TO

$109 M ILLIO N IN OUR LAST BlJDGET " 80% MORE THAN THE YEAR

BEFORE, And BEAR i n MIND THAT OUR PAYMENTS IN THE

p r e v i o u s Bud g e t were t h e m s e l v e s f a r i n e x c e s s of a n y t h i n g

p r o v i d e d by our p r e d e c e s s o r s, So we h a v e n o t h i n g to

APOLOGISE FOR IN OUR FIN A N C IA L TREATMENT OF TASMANIA,

Ev e r y m a r, woman and c h i l d i n t h i s St a t e r e c e i v e s an

ESTIMATED $790 PER HEAD FROM TIIE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

COMPARED WITH $966 PER HEAD FOP THE SIX STATES COMBINED,

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Λ HD THESE FIGURES TAKE (JO ACCOUNT OF Till· ADDITIONAL

r u n t iS GRANTED TO TASMANIA AT THE PREMI EK ‘ S CONFERENCE

LAST I'K I DAY WEEK,

The m e s s a g e we m u s t k e e p i n m i n d i s t h i s: we m u s t

NEVER ALLOW THE THUGS AND WRECKERS IN THE OPPOSITION TO

RATTLE - US OR SHAKE OUR NERVE, ThlERE IS A CONSTANT ATTEMPT

TO DO SO ~ IN THE MEDIA, FROM THE MORE STRIDENT VESTED

INTERESTS, FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS IN PARLIAMENT, I KNOW WITH

OUR PROBLEMS OF INFLATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT, AND WI Tj-|

THESE CONSTANT THREATS OF AN ELECTION, WE CAN EASILY LOSE

h e a r t, But t h e Au s t r a l i a n p e o p l e know t h a t we are not

ALONE WITH INFLATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT, | HEY KNOW THAT ALL

THE WORLD'S MIXED ECONOMIES, ALL THE WORLD'S INDUSTRIALISED

COUNTRIES, ALL OUR TRADING PARTNERS ARE SHARING THE SAME

EXPERIENCE, MANY OF THEM ARE MUCH WORSE OFF THAN WE ARE,

I n d e e d, on my r e c e n t v i s i t to Europe I c o n c l u d e d t h a t

Au s t r a l i a' s economy i s b a s i c a l l y much sounder t h a n t ho s e

OF MOST of THE COUNTRIES I V I S I T E D . f|o SENSIBLE PERSON,

i n Au s t r a l i a or a b r o a d, i m a g i n e s for a moment t h a t .

u n e m p l o y m e n t or i n f l a t i o n would be a n y b e t t e r i n Au s t r a l i a

to da y under a Sn e d u e n- An t h o n y Go v e r n m e n t, Th e y would

a l m o s t c e r t a i n l y be w o r s e. Hr An t h o n y would see t h a t p e t r o l

PRICES WERE a GOOD DEAL HIGHER FOR Λ START, MANY OF OUR

MEASURES TO RELIEVE UNEMPLOYMENT AND RES'! RAIN PRICES -the P . J . T . , t h e R . E . D . S , Sc h e m e, wage i n d e x a t i o n - would

EE SCRAPPED OUT OF HAND.

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C O I l D I T I O I ' I S w i l l s o o n l e g i n t o i m p r o v e . I l l S A Y I N G T H I S ;

I d o n ' t w a n t t o r a i s e u n d u e h o p e s o r g e n e r a t e c o m p l a c e n c y ,

i l l : ' U Y E I N . T I M E S OF R A P I D A N D S O M E T I M E S U N P R E D I C T A B L E

C H A N G E , B U T 1 AM C O N F I D E N T T H A T OUR R E C E N T E C O N O M I C

M E A S U R E S W I L L S H O R T L Y SNOW T H E I R E F F E C T S , L A T E R T H I S . „

Y E A R WE C A N E X P E C T SOME M A R K E D I M P R O V E M E N T l l ' | T H E . . . .

L A B O U R M A R K E T , T l l E I M P O R T A N T T H I N G F OR US A N D OUR P A R T Y . " ' · '

S U P P O R T E R S T O B E A R I N M l N O' I S . J H A T T H I S I M P R O V E M E N T C A N . ' ; ' ' '

O N L Y B E S U S T A I N E D I F W A G E - E A R N E R S E X E R C I S E R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y ' . ' -

I N T H E I R P A Y C L A I M S , I KNOW T H E R E A R E S E C T I O N S OF T H E · Ϊ

L a b o r m o v e m e n t w h o a r e r e l u c t a n t t o f a c e t h i s f a c t , . ’ ■ .

T h e y a r e q u i t e o b s t i n a t e i n i g n o r i n g i t , 1 s h a l l n o t ... . '

M I N C E WO R D S . T | I E T R U T H I S T H A T WE C A N N O T A F F O R D WAGE . .

G A I N S I N T H E Y E A R A H E A D L I K E T H ° S E I N T H E Y E A R J U S T P A S T , . · ! .

1 D O N ' T T A K E A N Y P L E A S U R E I N P O I N T I N G T H I S O U T , I S T A T E ‘

i t a s a f a c t , W a g e e a r n e r s h a v e m a d e u n p r e c e n d e n t e d g a i n s · . l ;

I N T H E ' P A S T y e a r . I f we WANT to PRESERVE t h e r e a l ■

VALUE OF THOSE GAINS, IF WE WANT TO BUILD ON THE :

ACHIEVEMENTS WE HAVE MADE TOGETHER, |F WE WANT TO PREPARE ■ . i

THE GOUMD FOR FURTHER GAINS IN FUTURE YEARS, WE CANNOT ' j

PUSH THE SYSTEM TOO FAR TOO FAST. I p WE OVERLOAD ■ . ·

OUR DEMANDS AT PRESENT WE RUN THE RISK OF" CANCELLING ;

ld W l 0 y ,1zd M t f S . ‘HP WrLiW'CliRTAI'M L!Y'' POSE Ai;TI‘lREAP:-TO PARTY - ·

the Go v e r n m e n t' s s u r v i v a l w he ne ve r the n e x t έ ι τ ε ο τ ι ό ν -'Η . ■

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D o n ' τ f o r g e t t h a t o u r t a x c u t s a r e m a k i n g i t

MU C H E A S I E R F OR T H E W O R K I N G MA N A N D G I V I N G T H E G R E A T E S T

B E N E F I T T O WAGE E A R N E R S WHO NE E I J I T M O S T . OuR OPPONENTS HAVE

BEEN 111 A LATHER OF INDIGNATION ABOUT SOME OF THE LURKS

AND CONCESSIONS WE HAVE CUT. TAKE OUR REDUCTION IN EDUCATION

EXPENSES. A DEDUCTION OF $A00 BENEFITS A MINORITY OF PEOPLE

WHO LEAST NEED HELP. ALWAYS WITH SUCH CONCESSIONS THE

MAN ON THE HIGHEST INCOME RECEIVES THE GREATEST BENEFIT.

I SUPPOSE THAT OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM I WOULD HAVE

THE HfGHEST SALARY. I COULD AFFORD TO SPEND MORE ON MY

CHILDREN'S EDUCATION THAN ANYONE ELSE. WOULD ANYONE

CONSIDER I T JUST AND PROPER ON THAT ACCOUNT THAT I SHOULD

ALSO GET THE GREATEST BENEFIT IN TAX CONCESSIONS FROM

MY EDUCATION EXPENSES ?

Ta s m a n i a has had a m p l e proof of t h e Go v e r n m e n t' s

CONCERN FOR ITS PEOPLE. W e HAVE GIVEN SPECIAL HELP TO

Ta s m a n i a' s a g r i c u l t u r a l i n d u s t r i e s and m ade s p e c i a l e f f o r t s

TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT LINKS WITH THE MAINLAND. OUR RESPONSE

τ ο the Ta s m a n Br i d g e d i s a s t e r was p r o m p t, e f f i c i e n t a n d '

GENEROUS. The o b u e c t OF a l l our r e f o r m s, a l l our

PROGRAMS, IS TO ENSURE THAT THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIANS

TO LEAD RICH AND F U L F IL L IN G LIVES ARE MADE MORE ABUNDANT

AND MORE EQUAL. I n TASMANIA YOU FACE SPECIAL PROBLEMS

b e c a u s e of your St a t e' s s i z e and i s o l a t i o n. No one i n ·

Ta s m a n i a s h o u l d s u f f e r on t h a t a c c o u n t. I b e l i e v e your

Co n f e r e n c e w i l l b r i n g us c l o s e r to the a c h i e v e m e n t of our

GOALS, AND ENABLE OUR TWO LABOR GOVERNMENTS - IN HOBART AND

Canberra - τ ο co- operate in further efforts for the b e n e f it

OF THE PEOPLE OF TASMANIA AND OUR NATION.

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