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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr GILES (Angas) - I cannot speak on a point of order so I shall take my part in the second reading debate. My memory is quite clear that the honourable member for Reid (Mr Uren) condemned the Government for the amount of money that he said it handed out to rural industries. It was essentially on that point that the honourable member for Mallee (Mr Turnbull) took him up tonight, and on no other point. I think that needs to be recorded here and now. Tomorrow's Hansard will bear witness to it.

Mr UREN(Reid)- All right; I will make a further personal explanation.

Dr Forbes - Sit down.

Mr UREN - I will not sit down. I have certain basic rights. The further personal explanation is that at no time did I condemn the Government in respect of its attitudes. What I did was to read from a question on the notice paper on 22nd September to which I received a reply stating that the rural sector had been subsidised from $84m in 1965-66 to $215m in 1970-71. I then went on to say that at pages 66 and 67 of the Budget papers there were further direct and indirect taxation concessions to the rural sector. I did not use the word 'condemnation'. I said that if it is good enough for the Government to do that in the rural sector it is good enough for it to help the people who really need homes - the people who have to build homes and the young people of this country. That is my attitude, and if honourable members examine Hansard they will find that clearly stated.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Message from Governor-General recommending appropriation announced.

Third Reading

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

Bill (on motion by Dr Forbes) read a third time.

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