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[Territory Labor leader, Brian Ede, has welcomed the news that ACTU President, Martin Ferguson, may stand for pre-selection]



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BRIAN

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TERRITORY LABOR LEADER, BRIAN EDE, HAS WELCOMED THE NEWS THAT A.C.T.U. PRESIDENT, MARTINfEEGUSQiL MAY STAND FOR PRE-SELECTION FOR THE VICTORIAN FEDERAL SEAT OF BATMAN.

“MARTIN FERGUSON HAS PROVED HIMSELF A GREAT FRIEND OF THE TERRITORY.”

“MARTIN FERGUSON HAS LIVED AND WORKED IN THE TERRITORY AND HAS BEEN A REGULAR VISITOR OVER MANY YEARS. HE KNOWS OUR PROBLEMS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN WILLING TO HELP.”

“IT WILL BE ALMOST AS GOOD AS HAVING ANOTHER TERRITORY LABOR MEMBER IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT.”

“HIS MOVE INTO FEDERAL POLITICS WOULD ADD FURTHER STRENGTH TO THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL COLLINS/SNOWDON TEAM, COMMITTED TO TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT.”

MR EDE SAID THAT WITH HIS SKILL AND EXPERIENCE THERE CAN BE LITTLE DOUBT THAT MARTIN FERGUSON WOULD QUICKLY RISE TO AN IMPORTANT CABINET POST.

“THIS CAN ONLY BE GOOD FOR THE TERRITORY.”

“MARTIN FERGUSON HAD DONE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT UP FRONT AND BEHIND THE SCHEMES TO ASSIST THE POLITICAL AND INDUSTRIAL WINGS OF LABOR IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OVER MANY YEARS AND I AM SURE WE ALL WISH HIM WELL,” MR EDE SAID.

“I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WHEN I AGAIN TAKE THE TERRITORY CASE TO CANBERRA AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION,” MR EDE SAID.

MARTIN FERGUSON IS CONSIDERING SEEKING PRE SELECTION FOR THE VICTORIAN FEDERAL SEAT OF BATMAN CURRENTLY HELD BY FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, BRIAN HOWE, WHO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL NOT CONTEST THE NEXT ELECTION.

ENDS...... CONTACT: MR BRIAN EDE 527666 11.7.95