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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1836


Senator MISSEN (VICTORIA) -Has the Minister representing the Prime Minister noted the result of the election for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly wherein the Country-Liberal Party achieved a complete victory and the Australian Labor Party is unlikely to win any seats. Does the Minister see any consistent pattern of disaster in this and other recent elections? Does he also pass off this electoral failure as a result of lack of electors' interest, as he has done in the past, or will he not now agree that it represents the absolute repudiation of Australian Labor Party performances in Government?


Senator MURPHY - I think we see a pattern of disaster if we look back. What has been done in the last few days is unfortunate. It was a decision of the people of the Northern Territory and it may well prove disastrous for them. If we go back a little further to May of this year we find that a very important election was held all over Australia and it was a disaster for those who brought it on themselves. That disaster was reflected in this chamber where we once had a Democratic Labor Party. Five members of that Party have gone, four of them as a result of that disastrous election.


Senator Marriott - One is an ambassador.


Senator MURPHY -I suppose that he might have been able to see the disaster that was coming for his colleagues, and he avoided the disaster like the wily old politician that he used to be. I think that the Opposition ought not to remind the people of the disastrous period that it had in office and its disastrous steps in forcing a government, which was properly elected, to go to a premature election at which the Opposition was defeated. The Opposition has not learned its lesson. It rumbles still and talks about what it might do to prevent the properly elected Government of Australia carrying out its mandate.







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