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Wednesday, 4 December 1974
Page: 3092

Senator MAUNSELL -My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I refer to the Government's painstaking attempts to convince the people that Australia's persisting high levels of inflation and unemployment are the result of the world economic situation and that both are imported. I refer also to the Prime Minister's statement last weekend that it was garbage to say that the tariff cuts had caused unemployment. In view of the conflicting statements coming from spokesmen for the Government, I ask: Has the Prime Minister requested his economic advisers to prepare a paper on these matters? If not, will he do so?

Senator MURPHY - The honourable senator seems to be pursuing the notion that there is not world-wide inflation. Am I to understand, after the encouraging remarks which were just made by the Leader of the Australian Country Party, Senator Drake-Brockman, that we now have one of the members of that Party saying that really there is no world-wide inflation?

Senator Maunsell - I did not say that. I said that spokesmen for the Government have said that there is.

Senator MURPHY -Spokesmen for the Government have said that there is world-wide inflation. They are saying what everybody who is able to follow the news of the world understands. No doubt the Prime Minister will consult his economic advisers and the incoming Treasurer from time to time and they will be issuing statements on the state of the economy and also making the encouraging statements which were requested by Senator Drake-Brockman. It is clear that the Parliament ought to be encouraging the Government in its efforts and that it ought to be encouraging industry and the public. I ask of the honourable senator when he goes back to Queensland to raise his voice in line with what his own Leader has said in this chamber and help to encourage the people of Australia to have faith, hope and confidence in the Government showing them the path to prosperity.

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