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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 531


Order! 1 have already warned the honourable member for Blaxland. This is the final warning I will give, if he interjects again I will name him without any hesitation.

Mr Keating - Make him speak to the Budget.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! 1 name the honourable member for Blaxland.

Mr GARLAND - I move:

That the honourable member for Blaxland be suspended from the service of the House.

Mr Daly - I rise to a point of order. Might I suggest, Mr Deputy Speaker, that you give the honourable member for Blaxland an opportunity to apologise for any offence he might have committed in your eyes because I feel that it is an exciting night and honourable members do get carried away. It is one of those occasions on which a little tolerance might be appreciated by both sides.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I actually had warned the honourable member for Blaxland twice. In the circumstances, if the honourable member for Blaxland tenders a suitable apology to the Chair I will accept it on this occasion.

Mr Keating - I apologise, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Motion - by leave - withdrawn.

Mr GARLAND - Mr Deputy Speaker,by way of contrast the Government's reduction of income tax for a man with a wife and 2 children and a $5,000 income would result in a tax saving of $141; and income tax reductions start at the $2,000 level with a 34 per cent reduction and diminish as the incomes grow.

A most enviable standard of living has been built up in this country and this is a firm basis from which we can reach higher yet. This Budget will create much stimulation in an economy which is very strong but which has excellent capacity for expansion. It is a confident Budget based on sound economics to provide confidence - that 'will o' the wisp' - to allow Australians to progress at a faster rate than they have been prepared to do in the immediate past. The future will not be without its difficulties, but Australia can move ahead in the immediate knowledge of improving world and domestic conditions, leaving behind a rougher section of the way to responsible government, and real betterment of Australia's way of life. Just as the Gov ernment has taken measures to stimulate demand, to reduce unemployment and at the same time to decrease the rate of inflation - measures which I took the opportunity to list the other night - it is time, too, for the trade union movement to play its part by recognising the need for a moratorium on wage rises and restraint or even opposition to excessive wage rises as a matter of its policy.

Anybody who has travelled overseas or read widely knows what a great country we live in. I have no doubt that this Government, working vigorously in every area and being realistic and pragmatic in the correct sense of those words, is the one which can best achieve the national objectives and aspirations of Australians. I am certain that this country will be much greater yet - in its contribution to our region, in being a force for good in the world, and in encouraging our citizens to be better and to lead more satisfying lives.

In recent years there has been a dramatic development in our export trade, mineral development and secondary industry as well as in the avenues and relationships in our world trade, and there has been a tremendous expansion and diversification of our financial system. I have no doubt that Australia, in the foreseeable future, will become a major exporter of iron, steel and aluminium. We will be a significant source for energy materials of all kinds - coal, gas and uranium - and their development will need expertise and finance on a scale at present little realised. With our diversified industrial base our powerful and diverse banking and financial systems our significance to the Western and other economies is growing dramatically. We have the resources and the power to become a very great nation - let us say one of the top dozen - and by striving we can obtain greater independence economically, socially and in other ways. There are no quick and easy solutions; we must work and work together as much as possible. Australians, and not just the Government, must work really to solve need at the roots of the problems. Australians, by their efforts, their directness and their naturalness of manner, can be a truly great people - even unique. Let us encourage the best in our people, not the worst. We have the capacity if we maintain the will.

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