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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2476

Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Is it a fact that the New Zealand Government has been able to implement policies to combat inflation and unemployment which have been denied the Australian Government because of the negative and frustrating activities of the Opposition?

Senator MURPHY -I think that is a fair comment to make and it touches on the question which was asked of me earlier. Senator Brown reminds me of the very significant difference between the positions of the Labor Governments of New Zealand and Australia. The Labor Government in New Zealand has been able to go ahead and implement Labor policies, and implement them successfully to the point where the Deputy Leader Opposition in the Senate is, in effect, congratulating that Government and holding it up as a world example. Here we are with basically the same philosophy and approach to life but as yet we have not been able to achieve the same success, and why? The thing that stands out like a lighthouse is that the Labor Government in New Zealand has been able to implement its policies, and they have been successful. In Australia the Labor Government has been frustrated for the best part of 2 years.

Every move that we make has to be taken in the knowledge that the Opposition here is ready to frustrate us and delay us. The Opposition did that with the Trade Practices Bill. It held up that legislation for the best part of 12 months. It did the same with a number of other measures. This is the big difference between the positions in Australia and New Zealand. I think that the Australian people will come round quickly to realise that they would be a lot better off if the Australian Labor Government were allowed to implement its policies and do the same as the

New Zealand Labor Government has been able to achieve for its own people. That achievement has been recognised by no other than one of the most conservative men in Australia, Senator Greenwood. He holds up the New Zealand Labor Government as an example to the world of what has been achieved in controlling inflation and holding down unemployment.

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