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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2199


Senator IAN MACDONALD —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)the unprecedented public factional brawling by senior members of the Queensland Labor Party during the fortnight beginning 19 June 1994,

    (ii)that this brawling has resulted in the dumping on 28 June 1994 of the State president of 10 years,

    (iii)that the former president has said that the new president will be `muzzled' by the Queensland Premier (Mr Goss), and that other senior Labor Party members are saying that the party is in for a period of sustained instability, and

    (iv)that the Queensland Labor Government has shown it has completely lost touch with the people of Queensland, as evidenced by its attempts to impose a performance dividend on council loans, only to back down after public pressure, more factional brawling and the unseemly dressing down of the State Treasurer (Mr De Lacy) by union boss, Mr Bill Ludwig; and

  (b)calls on the Premier to show some real leadership by bringing this brawling to a stop and by getting on with dealing with serious problems like law and order and the still unacceptably high rate of unemployment.