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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1631

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs) -I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

By this historic Bill, Parliament is being asked to establish an Industries Assistance Commission. We propose to extend to all Australian Industries a system of assistance which, for the last 50 years, has applied only to manufacturers, through the Tariff Board. The Bill puts into effect the proposal outlined in the Governor-General's speech last February. It implements an important plank of the Australian Labor Party's platform. This Bill is based on a report by Sir John Crawford entitled 'A Commission to Advise on Assistance to Industries' which I commissioned in March and which he provided in June. At the time all honourable members were sent a copy. There was also a wide distribution among the public. However, the report has not been formerly tabled. I now do so. All who have read the report's lucid pages will realise the very great contribution Sir John has made to this very difficult matter. I take this opportunity to express my appreciation and admiration for this further service rendered by a truly great public servant whose quality and calibre allow him to be of service to the Australian Government, whatever its political persuasion.

Mr Lynch - I rise on a point of order. To assist the Prime Minister may I point out to the house that a number of Labor Party members on the Government benches are clearly not listening to the Prime Minister on this matter.

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