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Transcript of doorstop interview: ABC Studios: 7 March 1993



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TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING MP, DOORSTOP, ABC STUDIOS, 7 MARCH 1993

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1: Prime Minister, how do you think the debate went?

PM: I felt comfortable with the debate. I thought I was able to make some telling points. And I'm told that on the people meter that whenever the GST was mentioned, it went down. The questioning last week was cakes and pies, now it's body corporate rates. This is an unexplained tax. I think the other point I

was able to make was the economy is now growing. That is, that we've made the break and we've turned the corner and the thing to do now is to consolidate it and not put it at risk by a trip back to policies of unfairness and division of a decade ago.

The other side did concede that you did win the event but they don't believe you actually made a knock—out blow. What's your opinion?

PM: Mr Robb has these twee, silly little lines around for anyone gullible enough to listen to them. Forget that. There's only one thing that matters — that's the election. I had an opportunity tonight to put across some hard data and argument about growth, activity, employment, a cooperative structure which we are currently working in this country, to not put it at risk with a policy which is basically a regressive policy, a radical regressive policy which would

take us backwards. I think the community are getting to understand the change from the Liberals doesn't mean change for the better, it means change for the worse. It means survival of the fittest, it means dog—eat—dog policies, and the whole camaraderie and fellowship of the Australian community is forsaken.

J: Was it important for you to do well tonight?

I'M: It is always important to do well. No—one wants to do other than well.

Can we get a comment on the Morgan poll?

PM: I haven't ...

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