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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3008

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for the Media in the absence of the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Has the Minister seen reports that unemployment has risen during 1974 in France by 40 per cent, in Italy and in the United States of America by 25 per cent and in Japan by more than one million persons? Is it not a fact that those countries are all governed by conservative governments similar in philosophy to the main Opposition parties in Australia? Has the Minister seen the fatuous comment by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Snedden, that if the Australian Government had accepted his advice Australia would have neither unemployment nor inflation? Is it not a fact that during 1971-72 when Mr Snedden was Federal Treasurer, unemployment, inflation and business uncertainty were rampant? Can the Minister indicate whether the Prime Minister is likely to recommend to the Australian Government any of Mr Snedden 's inane advisings?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I have seen the reports to which the honourable senator refers, namely, that inflation and unemployment are rampant in countries like France and Italy which have governments of a conservative nature. The honourable senator will appreciate, even if honourable senators on the Opposition side do not, that the problem of inflation and unemployment is an international one and is not merely confined to the boundaries of this country. Having regard to the policies that were pursued by the conservative forces of this country when they were in office for a period of 23 years,

I often wonder what the unemployment situation in Australia would be if they were in office today.

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