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Tuesday, 25 March 1980
Page: 945

Senator HAMER (VICTORIA) -Has the Minister representing the Prime Minister seen details of the proposals of the Australian Labor Party to create 1 00,000 jobs at a cost to revenue of $ 1 80m a year? What would be the effects on inflation of such a scheme? Would such a scheme in fact create more jobs? Has the Minister seen a record of the comments of the former Labor Premier of South Australia, Mr Don Dunstan, that the ALP's basic assumption is not valid and that the level of unemployment could be expected to increase?

Senator CARRICK -I have read the details, as announced in the Press, of the Australian Labor Party's proposed policy. It has an atmosphere of deja vu about it. It is very much similar to the policies which the Labor Party projected when in government and which failed so dismally. At a time of the greatest expansion of expenditure of public revenue there was the greatest expansion of both inflation and unemployment. The whole basis of the principle of the program was discredited.

I did read with considerable interest of comments made by a former Premier, whose views often were quoted from the other side of this chamber as being very valid views. I take it that therefore honourable senators on the other side of the chamber look with particular interest at his having challenged the basic principles underlying the Labor Party's approach to greater employment. But fundamentally, the program as announced contains so many fallacies that one only has to refer to the past and to past failures to discredit it.

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