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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1831

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I refer to the Prime Minister's threat to introduce a new penalty tax on wage increases as a means of countering inflation. I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate whether it is correct that the Prime Minister has abandoned hopes of wage restraint by the trade unions, regardless of whether quarterly cost of living adjustments are introduced?

Senator MURPHY - I do not think the Prime Minister has abandoned any hope of dealing with the trade unions and requesting them to help to carry out governmental policy. But insofar as the rest of the question deserves some reply by the Prime Minister, I will refer it to him so that he may add something if he wishes.

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