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Thursday, 11 October 1973
Page: 1948


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jenkins (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - Order! Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -

 


Mr WENTWORTH - This table shows that the Prime Minister's statement in not only untrue; it is absolutely the opposite of the truth. If one looks over the period which the table covers one sees that in 1948-49, for example, the last full year during which the last Labor Government was in power, wages represented S3.8 per cent of gross domestic product. There has been a not quite even but consistent increase since that time and in 1972-73 they went up to 61.5 per cent. I think the Prime Minister knew this and I think he lied to the House. I do not believe that the Prime Minister was ignorant of this. I believe the House must face the fact that we have a plausible rogue sitting at that table - a man who is prepared to lie to this

House, a man who is prepared-


Mr James - I rise to order. The words of the honourable member for Mackellar are offensive to me and I ask that they be withdrawn.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Dr Jenkins - I ask the honourable member to withdraw those words.


Mr WENTWORTH - I am afraid they must stand on the record. The Prime Minister has a habit of being very plausible and seeming sincere but saying things he does not believe in. He is but a plausible rogue.







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