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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1649

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) -Is the Leader of the Government in the Senate aware of the full text of the Prime Minister's address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday of this week? Is he aware that the Prime Minister, in confirming loyalty to the United Nations, used the words: 'As head of the first Australian social democratic Government since Australia . . joined the United Nations'. Is it the intention of the Government to announce to the Australian public the adoption of the radical policies which are associated with ideologies of similarly termed governments throughout the world? Is the use of the term 'Australian social democratic Government' now the proper way in which to address the present Australian Government?

Senator MURPHY - I thank my colleague Senator Wheeldon for making some suggestions about various governments which are socialist democratic governments.

Senator Wheeldon - And social democratic governments.

Senator MURPHY - And social democratic governments- the government in Germany, the Labour Government in the United Kingdom and the government in Holland. The honourable senator will recall the remarks of a former leader of the Liberal-Country Party coalition of which he was one of the back benchers. The then Prime Minister of Australia, the Right Honourable

John Gorton, in a very strong statement that he made shortly after becoming the Prime Minister announced to the world: 'We are all socialist now'.

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