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NSERRA ACT 25 04 TEL. (06) 277 2039 FAX. (06) 277 4989

IAN McLACHLAN MEMBER FOR BARKER SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

TRANSCRIPT OF IAN McLACHLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IN DUSTRY AND COMMERCE THE WORLD TODAY WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 1993

... To the campaign trail. And the Prime Minister is in Adelaide today again emphasising the benefits of his low car tariff policy over the negligible tariff policy of the Coalition ...

... But the Coalition's Shadow Industry Minister, Ian McLachlan, in an attempt to reassure car makers, has said he will go to Tokyo after the election to talk to the car manufacturers. Mr McLachlan is on the line now and he's talking with our chief political correspondent, Maxine McKew.

McKew - Mr McLachlan, your willingness to take this trip, does that suggest that you're concerned about the political fall-out from the car makers and their threats.

McLachlan - No, we've intended to discuss these matters after the election with the car makers. Senator Robert Hill was up there several weeks ago. He had an offer from Toyota and Mitsubishi to discuss these matters and the future of the car industry with them and we will readily accept.

McKew - But in places, like, say, Nagoya where Toyota are, aren't you likely to be told exactly what the Prime Minister was told last year when he was there, and that is that the big companies want stability and continuity of the current policy.

McLachlan - Well the Prime Minister did his own translation of what he was told. We have actually had this offer to discuss these matters. You can understand the fact that we will be there. And I assume from that that there are other people who believe that we may be in office at that time and we'll be taking up that offer to discuss those matters.

McKew - Well I understand too the Chairman of Toyota, Dr Toyoda, last year and he was pretty clear, I mean if you were told by the Japanese parent company that they want to stick to the present phase-down, will you adjust your own policy.

McLachlan - Look Maxine we're not going to go to Japan and have this conversation as to what we're going to say. I can tell you that the invitation to come and discuss these things has happened in the last few weeks, and from both of those companies. Now whatever was said by Mr Keating last year in his translation is therefore old hat and the arrangements to go to Japan will take place. And I think they're very important and also it's a very important indication that those companies are of course interested in the Coalition's policies and directions for Australia, as we will be very interested to hear what they have to say.

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McKew - Will you be going there with an open mind?

McLachlan - Well of course.

McKew - And prepared to be flexible if you hear a contrary view?

McLachlan - I think, Maxine, you'd have to say that all the changes that we have made to policy in regard to bringing about the Fightback package that we are nothing if not flexible. I mean to be able to suddenly remove half of all their business taxes, and have the courage to change to tax system, to do that, to bring down people's costs so that we can have cheaper cars in Australia and more of them produced by Australians, shows a certain degree of flexibility and we will retain that flexibility.

McKew - Mr McLachlan thank you very much.

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