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Tuesday, 23 October 1973
Page: 2522

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) - The barometer of a government's popularity is always a little hard to assess. One reads the public opinion polls and sees that the degree to which the popularity of the present Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) and the Labor Party is declining. One looks at the stock exchange and sees the appalling consequence of the interventionist attitude of this Government on the private sector in the erosion of the value of the savings that are represented by stock on that exchange - the savings of the little man in this community. But the best gauge is some of the comments that are being made by people around the community. I believe that the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) has perhaps been a trifle modest in the range of disabilities that he has itemised in the motion which I support this afternoon and which refers to the want of confidence that the community has in the Government. The community as a whole is not only disappointed by this Government's handling of the nation in the specifics to which the Leader of the Opposition has referred but also is disappointed in respect of the whole range of ministerial responsibilities. Mr Scholes, I believe that it is worth while looking to some of the outside comments that are being made.

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