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The Courier-Mail, October 7, 1980, p. 3.

A “FIRST” in the Federal election build-up was claimed last night by the Progress Party.

The three-minute speech which officially launched the party’s campaign in Brisbane was claimed by the leader, Mr Viv Forbes, as the shortest on record.

Nearly 50 people in the Adventurers’ Club at Kangaroo Point heard Mr Forbes reiterate the main points of the party’s 1977 election campaign, and suggest they “take it as read.”

He said the program talking about the growth of the public sector and noted that the average Australian working man supported a wife, two children and three bureaucrats.

During the Whitlam years, tax had almost doubled from $7,934 million to $14,084 million a year, and more than doubled again in five years of Fraser Government to $31,796 million.

The party saw virtually no difference between the government coalition and Labor, he said.

Mr Forbes, 41, a mineral economist, said he believed that major tax cuts of $1,300 million from the budget could control inflation.

Simultaneous devaluation of the dollar and dropping tariffs would help employment and make no difference to manufacturers, who were paying highly for imported raw materials.

“We are not prepared to say things that are popular if we think they are wrong,” Mr Forbes said.

The party will field 2 Senate and 10 House of Representatives candidates for the federal election. In 1977, it fielded 12 Senate and 44 House of Representatives candidates.

He said: “We don’t offer any special favors to big business or privileged positions for unions. Our message is to the consumers — the ordinary people.”

To reach the ordinary people in Sydney and country areas in his campaign, Mr Forbes will be relying on meagre resources.

Party literature and bumper stickers and even a specially made record are sold, not given away. And the campaign is partly aimed at building up a national network of support over the next five years — for future election campaigns.

[Note from editor: Above the text is a large picture of Forbes speaking, with a caption reading: “PROGRESS PARTY Leader, Mr Viv Forbes, giving his policy speech at the Adventurers’ Club, Kangaroo Point, last night — with a candle ready at his left elbow in case of blackouts.”]

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  1. Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
  2. Put Windmills in National Parks
  3. Magnifying National Disasters
  4. Please Don't Feed the Animals
  5. Buy Birdsville Made?
  6. The Economics of Flood Risk
  7. Touring Bureaucrats
  8. Our slip-shod laws to blame
  9. Why Wind Won't Work
  10. A Profusion of "Prices"
  11. R.I.P. Ron Kitching - pioneer, explorer, author, family man, entrepreneur, scholar
  12. The Carbon Pollution Lie
  13. Closing Down Australia
  14. The Anti-Industry
  15. The Pyramid Builders
  16. Carbon Tax Bribery
  17. Crown Monopolies
  18. Carbon Tax Job Losses
  19. What Next, a Tax on Water?
  20. Carbon Health Warnings Coming Soon
  21. Growth Mythology
  22. The Tax Collection Industry
  23. Propaganda Puts Paid to Proof
  24. The Milk of the Welfare Teat is Watered Down
  25. "Crops for Cars" as Bad as Everlasting Drought
  26. Poll speech sets record
  27. The Emissions Trading Casino
  28. The Contract Society
  29. A Model Ministry
  30. The Five Point Plan to kill the economy with High Cost Electricity
  31. Put a Sunset Clause in the Carbon Tax
  32. Stuck on Red
  33. Time to Butcher "Aussie Beef"
  34. Carbon Tax Lies and Bribes
  35. The Middle of the Road
  36. United against taxes
  37. Call for Govt administrator
  38. Property & Prosperity
  39. "The Science is Settled" BUT Durban Climate Summit Not Cancelled
  40. No End to Fuelish Policies?
  41. The Right to Discriminate
  42. Sell the CES
  43. Free Water Costs Too Dam Much
  44. Creating Unemployment
  45. Viv Forbes Wins 1986 Adam Smith Award
  46. 1985 news item on Tax Payers United, Centre 2000 and the Australian Adam Smith Club
  47. Having the numbers is not the same as having the truth
  48. Who's Who in the Workers Party
  49. David Russell Leads 1975 Workers Party Queensland Senate Team
  50. Caught in a welfare whirlpool
  51. Global Warming Season
  52. Mining in Queensland, Past, Present and Future
  54. Political branch formed
  55. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  56. Viv Forbes on Libertarian Strategy and the Constant Resources Myth
  57. The New Brisbane Line?
  58. Carbon Lies
  59. We Mine to Live
  60. Save the taxpayer
  61. Solving Three Canberra Problems
  62. Vested Interests in the Climate Debate
  63. Carbon Tax Retrospective?
  64. Carbon Price Propaganda Taxes the Truth
  65. Don't Burn Food for Motor Spirit - Feed People not Cars
  66. Two Big Climate Taxes
  67. Greens Rediscover Hydrogen Car
  68. Atlas of Australia
  69. Shutting Out The Sun
  70. Safety Mania
  71. Coal - Sinking in the Swamps
  72. Hobbling the Competition
  73. Cubic Currency Coming
  74. "Dear Government"
  75. Viv Forbes mocks Flannery in 1988
  76. What we have is not a drug problem but a drug law problem
  77. Smoking, Health and Freedom
  78. Privatise Now! while they are still worth something
  79. The Electoral Act should allow voters to choose "none of the above"
  80. The New Federalism
  81. Sunset for Solar Subsidies
  82. The mouse will roar
  83. The Road to Homelessness
  84. Planning & Prosperity
  85. Viv Forbes and Jim Fryar vs Malcolm Fraser in 1979
  86. Quip, Quote, Rant and Rave: four of Viv Forbes' letters to the editor in The Australian in 1979
  87. Australia's First Official Political Party Poet Laureate: The Progress Party's Ken Hood in 1979
  88. Our homeless regulation refugees
  89. Progress Party and Workers Party lead The Australian
  90. Viv Forbes in 1978 on loss-making government, the Berlin Wall and misdirected blasts of hot-air
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