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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3320


Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Housing. Yesterday on the 7.45 a.m. news on the Australian Broadcasting Commission radio network I picked up this statement: 'A Labor Federal government might have to support guerrilla tactics to safeguard its regional development plan. Under a Labor government, a national planning task force would assist regions to develop. It would have to act as a guerrilla force within the region if they met resistance from other States'.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! For all I know the honourable member might have picked this up anywhere. The question being asked at this time does not come within the Minister's ambit. I suggest that the honourable member ask his question.


Mr BURY - I ask the Minister for Housing - -


Mr Webb - Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. The honourable member for Wentworth said that he had picked up the statement. Does he not have to vouch for the accuracy of the statement?


Mr SPEAKER - No; the honourable member for Wentworth did not say where it came from.


Mr Whitlam - He said he heard it on the ABC news.


Mr SPEAKER -I am sorry; he did say that.


Mr BURY - I ask the Minister for Housing what has occurred in the realm of housing to justify bellicose language of this character.


Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - In answer to this unexpected question, it should be made quite clear that co-operation in the field of housing between the Commonwealth and the States has remained a cornerstone of Australian housing policy. It should remain the cornerstone of Australian housing policy if anything meaningful is to be done to house the Australian people and to maintain the standards to which they have been accustomed. It is also clear that co-operation between the States in this field is mirrored by the co-operation between the Commonwealth and the States in the whole field of financial policy. Therefore, it was with some concern that one heard the announcement, to which the honourable member for Wentworth has referred, which stated:

A Federal Labor government might have to support guerrilla tactics to safeguard its regional development plan. Under a Labor government, a National Planning Task Force would assist regions to develop.

I like that word 'assist' under those circumstances. The announcement continued:

It would have to act as a guerrilla force within the region if they met resistance from other States.

That statement was transmitted nationally as coming from the Opposition spokesman on housing and urban affairs on 30th April this year. The House can be assured that this Government will not use a threat of guerrilla force to impose its own programmes within the States.


Mr Uren - I raise a point of order. The Minister for Housing has attributed to me something which I have never said.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Reid can make a personal explanation, to indicate where he has been misrepresented, after question time, if he wishes.


Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - That statement and the philosophy enunciated in that statement are clearly un-Australian. It would deny the traditional right of Australians to choose their own home sites and it would deny the personal rights of Australians which they have always exerted in these areas. Finally, that statement was reported on 30th April on the Australian Broadcasting Commission national news as having been made by the Labor spokesman on housing and urban affairs. It has never been denied.







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