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Senate poll not a 'by-election'



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STATEMENT PRIMARY

Embargoed: Not for release before 6.40 .m. 12th Nove

SENATE POLL NOT A 'BY-ELECTION'

The Senate poll was not a kind of big by-election, the

Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony, said today.

"There is a commonly-held view that a by-election for a

seat in the House of Representatives gives you a chance to rap the Government over the knuckles without actually putting it. out

of office," Mr. Anthony said in a radio broadcast.

"Such'.an attitude in a Senate election would be unfortunate,

even dangerous.

"A Senate not controlled by the Government could bring chaos

to the business of running the nation.

"The Government has honoured its commitments and has already implemented much of its current three-year program.

"In fact it has gone much further in many matters, particularly

in relation to helping the primary industries face up to the very difficult problems confronting them today.

"To disrupt this program, which you have already endorsed

by your vote last year, would seem to me to be most unwise."

Mr. Anthony said one of the most significant new measures was the establishment of the Australian Wool Commission.

"A wave of grower and industry support gave the Government the 'green light' to do what it has wanted to do and tried to do for the wool industry for many years - help it with its marketing problems," he said.

"The Australian Wool Commission, is tangible evidence of the

Government's determination to work with the rural industries to tackle the problems we must face up to."

12th November, 1970