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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2052

Mr HURFORD (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Prime Minister noted that some people are suggesting that the Australian Labor Government is not matching deeds with words in assisting business? Is it a fact that saving the business community from 90-day freezes, if this was ever a practical proposition, from Gorton-type slashing of Government expenditure or from McMahon-Snedden type budgets with their vast increases in taxation - saving the business community from these disastrous Opposition policies - is almost sufficient in itself without detailing the positive ways in which business has been helped?

Mr WHITLAM - I thank the honourable gentleman for reminding us all of the disastrous policies which our predecessors followed from time to time in countering inflationary trends. I accept the opportunity to reassure business people that this Government will not adopt those means. We do not believe it is acceptable to put people out of work and to put businesses into bankruptcy in order to counter inflation.

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