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NEWS RELEASE

To: NEWS EDITOR

Of:

Date: 30 June, 1998 Fax No

Message: VECCI CALLS FOR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL

Fax No

Tel: (03) 9251 4333 Fax: (03)9819 3676

RESPONSIBILITY Pages 1 of 2

http://www.vecci.org.au

POLITICAL PARTIES FAIL TO COMMUNICATE BENEFITS OF REFORM

Failure of political parties to communicate to the broad community the benefits of economic reforms and how they impact on social objectives, have in part, given rise to Pauline Hanson and One

Nation.

VECCI Acting CEO Steven Shepherd says this failure is most notable on issues such as unemployment, income equality and access to services.

"The best strategy to improve this situation is for political parties, the business community and other broad community groups to undertake and support the following three courses of action:

1. Promote the benefits of economic reforms

Governments often fail to communicate the intended and actual mainstream benefits of reform, and the general public often feel that reforms have little positive impact on them, or even worse that reforms are only for the benefit of the rich. 1

2. Examine the impact of reform

Examine how social objectives such as equity may have been impacted (ie have economic reforms had differential impacts on different regions, sectors of industry, size of business, etc).

3. Develop appropriate social performance Indicators

To demonstrate the social commitment of political parties and supporters of economic reform, appropriate social performance indicators should be developed to be used as effective safety-nets.

For example, social performance indicators should track social objectives such as regional unemployment rates, level of income inequality; access to services etc., to ensure that the impact of economic reforms does not contravene generally agreed social targets

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"The failure of governments to set such targets, to commit to them and to communicate them has significantly helped the cause of people such as Pauline Hanson," warns Mr Shepherd.

"Their failure has meant that the economic reform process (be it tax reform, trade liberalisation, national competition policy, etc.) has become more vulnerable in the current political process than should be the case.

"In such an environment voters can feel disempowered and vulnerable.

"It is time to turn the tide back in their favour.

"The changes proposed by VECCI would give the public a far greater picture of the cost/benefit of any proposed reform, and allow them to exercise their democratic rights in an informed, responsible, and empowered manner."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VECCI ACTING CEO STEVEN SHEPHERD W (03) 9251 4265 / 0419 754 768 / AH 9578 5342 / sshepher@vecci.org.au