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Thursday, 23 August 1973
Page: 377

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) - I simply want to place on record my reaction to certain matters of principle which arose in the speech of the Treasurer (Mr Crean). I think that speech shows what socialism in action really is. The Treasurer very graciously said that if an industry, by reason of the action that the Government has taken, found itself near to extermination and down on its knees, he would do something about it. Is it necessary for Australian industry, whether it be. brandy or anything else, to be subjected to this kind of principle - 'Down on your knees and nearly exterminated'? We have a socialist Treasurer, well meaning but not very well versed in some of the practicalities of life. He is quite willing to use the power of the Government socialistically to bring in measures the effect of which he does not know. He says graciously that if as a result of these measures an industry gets near to extermination - I think those were his exact words - he would like to have a look at it again to see whether the industry which has been brought near to extermination could perhaps receive a little relief from a gracious government. This is what socialism in action really is. This is what the bureaucracy is up to, because even a bureaucracy with the best intentions can often make a mistake. One thinks, for example, of the Karmel Committee report which is before the country and the House at present. Everybody knows that in that report are gross errors of fact, gross errors of judgment and gross inequalities.

Debate interrupted. -Mr SPEAKER-Order! It being 11 p.m., in accordance with the resolution of the House, the House stands adjourned until 11 a.m., Tuesday next.

House adjourned at 11 p.m., until Tuesday next at 11 a.m., or until such time thereafter as Mr Speaker takes the Chair.

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