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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3260

Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer. Is the new Government of Queensland committed by election promises to abolish several forms of State taxation and to pay consumer subsidies? Were these economic policies borrowed from the Australian Country Party's or National Party's fraternal organisation in Queensland, the Australian League of Rights? Is it true that peanuts are to be proclaimed legal tender in Queensland? If not, can he assure the Senate that the Queensland Government will not be permitted to print its own currency in order to fulfil its promises?

Senator WRIEDT -I understand that the general statements made by Senator Walsh are correct- that a lot of outlandish promises were made. Whether or not the Queensland Government will be capable of financing them is another matter. But it does bring to mind that if it does it will be able to do so with the assistance of the Australian Government which in the last financial year appropriated $760m to Queensland- the largest payment ever made to that State by an Australian government. That, of course, was completely overlooked during the whole of the campaign. I agree with the points that Senator Murphy has just made about the manner in which the electorates have been gerrymandered for the purpose of maintaining in power a man who does not understand the essence of democracy. Instead of having 1 1 seats in that Parliament the Australian Labor Party should have 30 seats; instead of the coalition parties having 69 seats they should have 52 seats. This illustrates the mentality of the Queensland Premier. We will see whether he is capable of putting into effect, even with the assistance of the Australian Government, all the measures that he claims he can implement.

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