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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr HAYLEN (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Prime Minister seen the published statement of the New South Wales Council of the Liberal party that that party, if returned at the next election, would de-socialize industry? Is the right honorable gentleman aware that one method of achieving this de-socialization, suggested at the meeting of the council, was that government undertakings not showing a profit should be declared bankrupt? Does the Prime Minister consider that this desocialization policy is a direct attack on full employment? Would not such a move result in the dismissal of at least 30,000 public servants, 60 per cent, of whom arc ex-service men and women? Would it not mean also the sacking of war pilots from Trans-Australia Airlines, and of thousands of Commonwealth reconstruction training scheme trainees now in government employment? Is de-socialization the first instalment of the Hytten plan which is based on the belief that 6 per cent, of unemployment is a safe economy for Australia? Finally, is the decision of the State council in conflict with the statement of the federal president of the party, Mr. R. G. Casey, who said at Launceston recently-

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