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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4405

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is an additional reason why Albury-Wodonga should be built up. lt happens to be on a State border and the Commonwealth therefore has some constitutional powers in respect of interstate trade and commerce. There are, of course, other centres as well. We must abandon the notion that if people want occupation, accommodation or recreation, particularly if they are young people, they have to go to the State capitals. One of the saddest things in Australia is that whenever one goes to the country one finds in the local newspapers a report of a farewell party for some teenager or man or woman in his or her early 20s who is leaving for the city, by which is meant the State capital. I conclude with a resolution which was passed by my Party's last Conference in Launceston. It states:

It should be ALP policy to identify a number of sites for new cities and to proceed with their development in co-operation with the relevant States to provide effective decentralisation of development, to arrest the depopulation of the countryside and to slow up the growth of our major cities.

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