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Thursday, 29 April 1971

Senator YOUNG (South Australia) - I had no intention of rising to speak tonight, but, having sat and listened to what Senator Turnbull has just said, I am impelled to say a few words. All I can say is that, if Senator Turnbull had sat on the estimates committee of which I am a member -or another one in whose proceedings 1 participated, from discussion with public servants he would have seen very clearly that the austerity campaign has been activated by the Government. That is a statement of fact. The impression gained from all the public servants was that great cuts have been made wherever possible. While retaining efficiency so as not to have false economies, costs have been reduced in all possible areas and efforts have been made to limit expansion wherever possible so that there will be the most effective use of all the money that is appropriated to the various departments. -I refute the statement that Senator Turnbull has made tonight. I say that it is .not the statement of a responsible senator but rather one of a person who is trying to play politics.

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