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Thursday, 9 May 1985
Page: 1639

Senator CHANEY —My question is addressed to the Minister for Finance. I refer the Minister to the comment by the Treasurer last Friday when, after talks with union leaders, he said that the Australian Council of Trade Unions was 'prepared to go down the particular path with us on the various reform options, including, I think, the indirect tax area'. I ask whether the Minister heard Mr Dolan of the ACTU say on AM this morning, in reference to those talks:

. . . Mr Keating was either misunderstanding the position or you know just simply attempting to you know pursue his point of view and quite incorrectly saying that the ACTU delegation has given or shown some signs of acceptance of it and that was quite the contrary.

Which explanation is correct? Is Mr Keating misunderstanding the position or just attempting to pursue his point of view?

Senator WALSH —I did hear Mr Dolan on AM this morning. I also heard somebody else gibbering away immediately before Mr Dolan. I was not present at those discussions. I will refer the question to the Treasurer for his comments.