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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
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Senator YOUNG - I direct my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Following the Prime Minister's statement on the economy last night I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate if he can say why the State governments were overlooked and not given extra financial assistance, particularly as they have been forced to introduce new tax measures which are regarded both as bad politics and inflationary.

Senator MURPHY - Following the statement of the Prime Minister last night benefits will flow to all the community and to the States as they deal with their sectors of the community. The Opposition is very critical of the Government. It is critical when the Government is not doing something and when the Government does do something it is quite clear that the Opposition has to find some other cause for criticism. It then says: 'Why did you not do more?' The notable feature of the questions asked today is the lack of any basis for criticism of what the Government has done. It is very noticeable that no criticism can be made of what has been done. It is quite clear that each of the measures announced by the Government has been wise and in the interests of the people. I can assure the honourable senator who asked the question, and all other Opposition senators, that the Government will continue in this way. They have seen only a sample of the wise decisions which are coming from this Government, and which will continue to come from it.

Senator YOUNG - Mr President,may I ask a supplementary question?

The PRESIDENT - I call Senator Young.

Senator YOUNG -I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate to answer the latter part of my question. Why was assistance not given to the State governments in the economic policy which was put down last night?

Senator MURPHY - If the honourable senator had paid attention to the statement which was made he would have seen that there were certain things in that statement which reflected the wishes of the State governments. In particular he would have noted what was said about the motor vehicle industry, which is of extreme importance to South Australia. He would have noted also the statements in regard to textiles and so on. I assure the honourable senator that this Government is taking note of the requests that have been made by the States and that it will do whatever is appropriate in the direction of ensuring security and stability, a diminution of unemployment and, as far as can be done, a containment of the effects in Australia of world-wide inflation.

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