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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2958

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Trade and Industry learned that the honourable member for Moore, a member of his own Party, has written to organisations in his electorate alleging that the Randall Committee is a straight-out subterfuge to delay progress towards worthwhile market reform in the wool industry? Does the Minister agree with his follower's assessment on this matter? If so, can he tell the House how this squares with the statement of the Prime Minister last week that there are no serious differences between the Deputy Prime Minister and him over the wool industry? If not, will he repudiate the statement of the honourable member for Moore?

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Deputy Prime Minister) - I am the Leader of a Party in which members have a great deal of latitude in what they say. This is where there is a very big distinction between the Australian Labor Party and the Government parties. Honourable members on this side of the House can express a point of view knowing that their heads will not be lopped off. I, as Leader, will look after the problems in my Party, and I suggest that the Leader of the Labor Party should look after his problems, because he has many.

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