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5 Dec 1977

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5 Dec 1977

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Canberra Times (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory National Library of Australia forecasts Canberra Fine. Max 26. Fire danger High. Lake Westerly 5 to 12 knots. S. Tablelands mostly dry mild. High fire danger. S. Coast moderate to High fire danger. Seas slight Low swell. Details Page 12. Zarema Arcade City phone 491888 tic agent Fysh Wick Braddon Campbell Narr Bundah Alexander wins Davis gup Marathon John Alexander was taken to 20 games in the fifth set of his Davis cup Tennis final match against Adriano pan Atta at White City Sydney yesterday afternoon before clinching the cup for Australia. Alexander 26, of Sydney won that hour Long set 11-9 to earn High Praise from Australia s Cap Tain Neale Fraser. Fraser said Alexander was one of the greatest Davis cup players. The Long match which earned a standing ovation from the 7,000 crowd prevented the fifth match the singles Between Tony Roche and Corrado Barazzetti being completed before dark. That match gave Promise of being another exciting Marathon when it was abandoned at 12-12 in the first set giving Australia the Davis cup for the first time since 1973, with a margin of 3-1. Report Page 16. Simpson scores 89 australian Captain Bobby Sim son scored 89 runs to first Rescue Australia from a difficult position and then steer it to a relatively Safe one in the first test against India at Brisbane yesterday. He was supported by a patient innings from David Ogilvie and a sparkling one from Peter Toohey. A 50-run last wicket partner ship Between bowlers Jeff Thom son and Alan Hurst took Australia s Lead to 340. Report Page 16. West indies wins play was extended past stumps in the world series Cricket match Between australian and West in Dies i s in Melbourne to enable a finish to be made yesterday the third Day of the scheduled five Day match. The West indians won the game by three wickets an unbeaten 45 run eighth wicket partnership be tween Andy Roberts and Derryk Murray preventing the australians winning. Another australian team lost its match in Rockhampton to a world i. Reports. Page 16. Yasuhiro Kigawa of Japan clears the bar on the pole vault at the Pacific conference games. He finished third in the event. More staff approved for Ces the minister for employment and Industrial re lations or Street said yesterday that staff increase Shad been approved for the Commonwealth employment service. In a statement issued in Canberra he said the additional positions would enable the Ces to staff its offices so that the Best possible service could be provided. Or Street said the Public service Board had recommended an immediate increase of 865 positions and the government had acted in. Mediately on this recommendation to ensure the efficient working of Ces in assisting people seeking officers of the Ces have provided Sterling service under difficult circumstances or Street said. The employment advice and training programs available from the Ces already puts 40,000 people into a Job every month. Or Street said the government had already announced that the Ces would be upgraded into a modern National manpower organisation designed to meet the needs of All australians. He said $16 million would be provided Over eight years to up Grade office accommodation vide More offices train staff and introduce an improved management Structure. Pacific conf Revice of Lulles Australia tops medal count Australia was the most successful nation at the third Pacific con Ference games at the National athletics stadium Bruce at the week end. Spearheaded by an outstand ing individual Effort by victorian sprinter Denise Robertson with four Gold medals Australia won 17 golds and a total of 39 medals. The attendance figures were 14,000 on saturday and 16,000 yesterday both below expectation and with the result that the Organis ing committee May fall $20,000 Short of the budget estimates needed to cover running costs. The games were held without incident or hitch and it was undoubtedly the most successful sporting event held in Canberra. A full coverage of the games is contained in a special four Page souvenir supplement published to Day. Pages 13, 14, 17, 18. Refugee charge by Whitlam rejected the minister for foreign affairs or Peacock rejected yester Day a charge by the Leader of the opposition or Whitlam that Singapore was assisting Vietnam Ese refugees to reach Australia. He was commenting on remarks made by or Whitlam in Darwin last Friday when he said people in Singapore were helping the refugees to come to Australia. They Are being Given the maps and the petrol and the plans on How to get Hereof Whitlam said. Or Peacock said or Whitlam had cheapened and damaged Australia s for eign relations for Domestic and partisan purposes. It is a Handy reminder that he will do anything to grab a phrase or level a charge no matter How unfounded or Peacock said in a statement. Of course people from Singapore have been re Victualling the refugee vessels but they have not been set up by Singapore at All. Slngapore7sunday Aap Rueter. The Singapore government had decided to treat vietnamese arriving Here As illegal immigrants unless they possess travel papers the sunday times said today. Drain of $20,000 from Legal Aid funds by Bruce Judder there will be a Drain of $20,000 a year from funds available for Legal Aid in the act through payments of a $3,400 allowance to each of the non Public service Mem Bers of the act Legal Aid commission according to the australian government Law yers association. A statement issued by the Agla at the weekend is the latest attempt to make the government s plans for the australian Legal Aid office disbandment and Transfer of its functions to state and territory commissions an election Issue. Last monday the australian Council of social service condemned the attorney general sen Ator Durack for reducing the vision of Legal Aid through the Alao. In september a secret instruction was issued to Alao officers instructing them that the Means test guidelines which had previously been used Only As an indication of whether or not applicants could afford the Cost of Legal proceedings were thereafter to be applied As a strict Means test and could be waived Only by a limited number of senior officers Acoss claimed. Many pensioners were excluded from Legal Aid by this measure the Council claimed. Even some people on unemployment benefits can be excluded. The Only people now eligible for Legal Aid Are those with a disposable income of less than s40 a week. Last wednesday the Shadow attorney general or Bowen said that in september a circular to members of the Legal profession in Tasmania had instructed that application of the Means test be tightened still further to reduce the number of successful applicants. Recipients of sickness and unemployment benefits were to lose eligibility for Federal Aid upon conviction or Bowen said. The circular to the Legal profession had stated this will mean that appeals in criminal cases will rarely be dealt with in future by the Alao. The attorney general s announced increase of 5 per cent in the monthly commitment for referrals to the private professions the first since 1975 was completely irrelevant to the needs in Legal Aid or Bowen added. The Agla said in its statement that the Means test for eligibility for Legal Aid. Is now approximately 50 per cent More stringent in real terms than it was in 1975. At present even aged and invalid pensioners and women who receive supporting mothers benefits Are at times refused Legal Aid because their income is above the upper limit of the Means test guidelines. The statement said the government s policy of having off Alao staff to state and territory commissions could Only result in a drastic reduction in the Standard of Legal Aid services. The funds Avail Able to services provided by state commissions Are almost certain to be reduced in real terms in future years. There will be a heavier Drain on Legal Aid funds due to increased administrative costs the Agla said. Each of the non Public ser vice commissioners in the act be Gal Aid commission is entitled to an allowance of $3,400 a year. Thus for the act alone an additional $20,000 must be spent to pay the allowances of the members of that commission. If such allowances were paid to All of the proposed Legal Aid com missioners in Australia the total outlay would be approximately $160,000". The Agla argued that if private Legal practitioners were Given a dominant role in the commissions of other states and territories As they were in Western Australia where the Law society nominates three of the seven commissioners the interests of the private profession Are Likely to prevail Over the Public interest. There was Strong evidence that salaried lawyers could provide most Legal Aid services More efficiently and economically than private lawyers. This approach was unlikely to be accepted however by private practitioner controlled com missions. Gardening Ian Warden discovers the de lights and difficulties of Gar Dening in Canberra. Page 2. Mid East the israeli prime minister or begin tells British leaders in London that the Middle East is on the Road to peace but in Tripoli Arab leaders Dis cuss a resistance front against the latest peace moves. Page 5. Rhodesia Britain has invited two of Rhodesia s Black nationalist guerilla leaders to London for talks. Page 5. S. Africa the South african prime minister buoyed by his sweeping electoral Victory says there is no place for Blacks in South Africa s political life. Page 5. Land major changes in the Law governing compulsory acquisition of land by the Commonwealth have been posed by the Law Reform commission a Page 6. Other pages world news 4, 5 to radio 6 Law list 7 Library service 7 comics 8 finance 8 weddings 10 night sky 10 crossword 10 Tat Slotto 15 soccer pools is sport 12-18 pages 11,12 advertisement John haslem the. S Vos or is ii ill Wmma working for Canberra authorised by a. Rothwell . Box 959, Canberra Whitlam promises 100,000 Cut heated affair at the hotel by Ian Warden last saturday afternoon having presided Over Australia s defeat in the Davis cup doubles at Sydney s White City our prime minister went to the Cooee Bay hotel a notoriously boisterous hostelry situated Only a. Beer bottle s hurl from the Beach. I got to Tho hotel some 15 minutes before or Fraser and found the establishment s Beer Garden filled with a noisy Beery swim suited and not especially Good tempered Rab ble composed in about equal parts of Liberal party drones and Liberal party detractors. Among the de tractors there was a contingent of anti uranium people and among the drones there was a fair regiment heavily involved in the Campaign to re elect or Jack Birney to the desperately marginal seat of Philip. Lots of them carried portraits of or Birney looking excessively sincere affixed to poles. The liberals had employed a six piece Rock band five of them negro chaps. Very negro indeed. 1 would have thought that the band was All far too Way out groovy and Funky for the liberals but no Matte the band was just great. It was a Damn shame that a promising Rock concert had to be Cut Short by the outbreak of politics but inevitably. Or Fraser arrived and put an end to the fun. Anticipating that matters might be come a Little heated Down in the Beer Garden i went upstairs to a Balcony a Retreat i shared with some Young liberals one of whom a Sallow youth with bad skin was in a Small and Dingy room just off the Balcony filling Jack Birney balloons with Gas from two huge Iron cylinders. He had sacks and sacks of balloons to inflate but he was doing it for the amazing Jack and he bore the expression of a Man who knew that his labours were righteous. More and More people arrived including dashed handsome girls wearing almost nothing at All and still drip Ping wet from the surf. Beneath me there was a sea of Bare flesh and All about there was the Heady Aroma of sea air blended with Beer blended with suntan Oil. When or Fraser appeared and to my Surprise he appeared on the Balcony right beside me he was the Only person for Miles wearing a suit let alone a nondescript Grey suit. In t he Boring do you know he still wears trousers with cuffs honestly. The masses went mad when messes Fraser and Birney appeared. The anti Fraser people seethed and fumed at them from below and made too much Racket for there to be any question of a speech. Or Fraser just made triumphant gestures instead. Continued on Pace 3. Leaders in clash Over jobless the Leader of the opposition or Whitlam said yesterday labor s policies would reduce unemployment by 100,000 within a year but the Fraser government s policies would increase unemployment to 500,000. However the prime minister or Fraser said yesterday that labor Tariff policies would put 120,000 jobs at risk. Or Whitlam in a statement is sued in Canberra said that Only labor had policies which would reduce the level of inflation by 5 per cent in the next 12 months. Or Whitlam was referring to reducing the level of inflation As measured by the organisation of economic co operation and development of 13.1 per cent. Or Fraser has been saying that inflation is at about 9 Fer cent and falling and he has forecast it will be at the lower Range of the 6 to 8 per cent bracket by the Middle of next vent or Whitlam said labor s policies alone would reduce unemployment by 100,000. Nearly one million people were experiencing some unemployment this year. Hopelessness humiliation alienation and insecurity Are becom ing the Birthright of our youth or Whitlam said. If this is allowed to continue the values which bind us together As families As a society will disintegrate in a Pool of unemployment no Community can remain in tact if it deliberately denies Job opportunities to any of its members. The response of youth to rejection is apathy or retaliation. Or Whitlam said suicide was increasing crime growing and integrity of individuals and As a nation depended on ensuring that those who wanted to find work could find it while in the past two years the industrialised countries had expanded their economies the Fraser government by contrast had squeezed the Economy of Australia. The level of unemployment was the direct consequence of govern ment policy and a government could choose to expand or contract the Economy. Every forecaster predicted unemployment to exceed 450,000 at the beginning of 1978. Or Fraser moved into the attack labor pledge to attack Road toll other reports. Page 3. Editorial. Page 2. At a Brisbane press conference yesterday saying labor s Tariff policies put the jobs of 120,000 people at risk. He said there were contradictions confusion and Complete Dis Unity in the australian labor party on the Economy. That s reminding people All too clearly of the Way in which the labor party behaved when they were in government or Fraser said. There have been almost daily contradictions. One of the most recent ones is on the question of Tariff policy. Or Fraser said his government had Given a guarantee Over three years in relation to the apparel Industry the clothing and footwear Industry and the textile Industry. Part of the labor party wanted to say they would give an equivalent guarantee but or Whitlam apparently had Learnt nothing and or Hayden said no we Are a free Trade party. We can t give Guaran tees of that kind of Protection. And that s putting the jobs of 120,000 people at risk. Or Fraser said that talk of restructuring the Industry at the present time meant putting people on the Dole which is what or Whitlam did while he was in government. In his weekly electoral talk last night or Fraser concentrated on the Economy and said that or Whitlam s labor party no longer represented the working men and women of Australia. His economic policies will not reduce unemployment they will add to it or Fraser said or Whitlam s labor party is a sad and sori7 Shadow of the party of Chifley Curtin and Calwell. It s out of touch with today s realities

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