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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2670

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) - I rise to make a few brief comments on these 4 Bills. At the outset I say that this legislation must surely gladden the hearts of the people who organised the National Development Conference in Canberra on 19 and 20 August 1971. This conference was sponsored by the Murray Valley Development League, the Royal Australian Planning Institute and the National Council for Balanced Development. I wish to place on record a motion which was carried at that conference. The primary resolution, which was moved by Professor Dennis Winston, was the motion drafted by the Steering Committee, which was as follows:

The National Development Conference calls upon the national Parliament and national Government to recognise and act upon a duty to give leadership and substantially to finance decentralisation and the better balance of population and employment so as to ease the pressures on capital cities and to accelerate development of country areas.

Further Conference requests that the Commonwealth Government proceed forthwith to promote the creation of a first major non-metropolitan growth centre.

It is recommended that a unit be set up within an appropriate Commonwealth Department to implement these proposals and to co-operate with the State Government

The motion was seconded by Professor Ledgar and was carried by all present. I had the good fortune to be one of those senators who attended that conference. As I said at the outset of my remarks, this legislation must surely gladden the hearts of those organisations which convened that conference. After 2 days of deliberation it came up with that resolution and we now see the fruits of that in the setting up of the Department of Urban and Regional Development, under the Minister, Mr Tom Uren. He is doing all that he possibly can, with the co-operation of the States, to put that resolution into effect.

Senator Jessopmade some comments about Mr Giles being gagged in the other place when he wished to make some remarks about Monarto. I wish to direct my remarks mainly to what is happening at Monarto, which is a new city in South Australia. It is very dear to my heart because I live in the area.

Senator Jessop - You will not be gagged.

Senator McLAREN - Senator Jessopsays that I will not be gagged. Mr Giles knew that a time limit had been put on the debates on all legislation. He was Assistant Whip in the previous Government. He gagged many of our people when they wanted to carry on debates. He should not have any complaints. I refer the Senate to the figures which I gave in my speech on the Budget on 13 September. I gave a lot of figures then. I will not give them again because they are in Hansard so that anybody who likes to study them can do so. But I wish to make some remarks about the way in which Mr Giles endeavoured to mislead the people of South Australia about the money that was allocated in the Budget for the Albury-Wodonga development.

Senator Jessop - I hope that you will not misrepresent him.

Senator McLAREN - I will not misrepresent him. I have copies of statements which he has made. In the Murray Bridge 'Observer' of 5 September there is a big headline in inch high letters "Mean" Budget hits Monarto'.

Senator Jessop - I rise on a point of order. I understand that the honourable senator is required to vouch for the authenticity of that from which he is reading. Can he give me that assurance?

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