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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1764

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - If the honourable member for Indi (Mr Holten) is unhappy about the composition or the arrangement of the Commission it will be a simple matter for him to change it, if ever he is in a position to be able to exercise that sort of decision making.

Mr Holten - The way things are going we might soon be in that position.

Mr HAYDEN - Because of the way things went last year you are where you are now, and I do not think the people of Australia will be particularly convinced that you would do any better job than you did last year, given the sorts of problems about which you are talking and which confront us at the present time. We set up the Commission to advise us. We sought and appointed to that Commission people who we believed would be best equipped to give us the necessary advice. There is, as I mentioned earlier, ample precedent for the steps we took. I scarcely think it is worth delaying the Committee further by repeating the things which have been said by me not only today in this Parliament but also on previous occasions when I have discussed the subject, or the statements of members on the Government side and members of the Opposition, including its spokesman on health and welfare matters, the honourable member for Hotham (Mr Chipp).

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