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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2367

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and follows the Prime Minister's assertion that his mini-budget will provide a breathing space for wage demands lasting until December and the assertion of the Minister for Labor and Immigration that the breathing space will last until April. Would the Leader of the Government in the Senate inform the Senate what his guess is as to how long this breathing space will last?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I suppose the observations made by both the distinguished Prime Minister and his colleague are correct. After all, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate may believe that when his Government was in power it had only one breath and that was its last. We believe that there will be one breathing space, as the Prime Minister has said; that there will be another after that, as Mr Cameron has said; that there will be many more and that the community will go on breathing and living under this Government. The honourable senator's Party has breathed its last and will not get back into power until it has changed its constitution, its policies and even its name.

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