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Deliberations and Debate

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The 1971 Cabinet Papers include the records of the seven Cabinet meetings held by the Brand-Nalder Ministry prior to the State election on 20 February, 1971, as well as the records of the Tonkin Ministry, commencing 16 March, 1971.

There were 22 submissions to the Brand-Nalder Cabinet prior to the election, and more than 1300 to the Tonkin Cabinet for the remainder of the year.

Significant issues of the day included the compulsory introduction of seat belts in cars in WA, the repeal of the Natives (Citizens Rights) Act, the abolition of the death and whipping penalty, equal wages for women, and the abolition of appeals to the Privy Council.

Cabinet also considered submissions as diverse as the setting up of a Consumer Affairs Council to the introduction of football pools and an "R" certification for film classification. Other Cabinet minutes raised topics including free travel for pensioners; the extension of trading hours for caravan retailers; the appointment of an Ombudsman; the rights of occupancy covering the Pilbara iron ore fields; the appointment of an Environmental Protection Authority; and cooperation with the Commonwealth regarding immigration policy.