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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 4021


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Hallett (CANNING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I remind the honourable member for Wentworth that the House is debating 3 States Grants Bills and 1 ask him to confine his remarks to those Bills.


Mr BURY - Having given this background information, Mr Deputy Speaker, I was hoping to get around to these Bills. I thought 1 should point out the economic implications of fundamental changes which have been made in Labor Party policy. I was saying that for the last quarter century, the greatest expansion period in our history, the Labor Party has joined with the Government Parties in supporting a policy of increasing the numbers of Australians. On immigration the Labor Party's federal platform read:

Convinced that increased population is vital to the future development of Australia, the Australian Labor Party will support and uphold a vigorous and expanding immigration programme administered with sympathy, understanding and tolerance.

This year, however, the Federal Conference of the Labor Party dropped this key part of policy like a hot brick. It reversed a generation of united Australian endeavour. It now merely supports an immigration policy which is administered with sympathy, understanding and tolerance, which shall include the avoidance of discrimination on any grounds of race or colour of skin or nationality. The Labor Party not only wants to cut immigration but also to limit the natural growth of the Australian population. According to a report by Mr Wallace Brown in the 'Courier Mail' of 25th June, it also decided to adopt as policy, free family planning clinics, free contraception, legal advertising of contraceptives, free child care centres and a public investigation to determine the best way to encourage small families.


Mr Crean - Mr Deputy Speaker, I am sorry to have to intervene in this way because, after all, 1 am very friendly with the honourable member for Wentworth; but I am also a member of this Parliament and I believe a member should confine his remarks to the subject matter under consideration. We are considering 3 States Grants Bills, which are being debated together to save the time of the House. You,

Mr Deputy Speakershould not allow to be intruded into this debate a speech that someone was prevented from making during a debate yesterday.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Hallett)Order!I ask the honourable member for Wentworth to confine his remarks to the Bills before the House.


Mr BURY - In response to the interruption of the honourable member for Melbourne Ports, while we are considering States Grants Bills I might say that the Premier of South Australia was most prominent in supporting these factors which, in turn, have led to this complete change in and adoption of a type of stagnant population policy. One of the main factors which has affected Commonwealth relations with the States and for which Slate grants have been made, is the expansion which has been caused by the size of our immigration programme. However, Mr Deputy Speaker, if the honourable member for Melbourne Ports insists on his point of order I must accept your direction. I agree that my remarks have been slightly adrift from the subject matter of the Bills we are now considering. I realise that, perhaps worse still, 1 have touched on a point which is one of acute sensitivity to members of the Opposition. The consequence of the Labor Party's economic policy, if adopted, on the States, on the Federal economy and on our public finances would be most profound. I imagine that the honourable member for Melbourne Ports is not opposing these 3 Bills. I did not gain the impression that he was. I. too. support all 3.







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