The very nature of our changing society and the widespread questioning of values force any political party to look at its own creed. This would be so, even if the will to do this were not as strong as in fact it is among today's Liberals. Political commentators have described the outcome of the Victorian State elections as a victory for the Liberal Left. That label suffers from the inadequacy and superficiality of most political labels. Yet if the description, for all its crudity, has any aptness, I, for one, shall not reject it. And I am hopeful that the tone of debate at this Council meeting will reflect something of the same mood.
Federal President's address to Federal Council, Sydney. 6August 1973 (A Liberal Party publication