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Parer keeps his job and his $2 million: 3,000 workers lose their jobs and their $20 million



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BOB McMULLAN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, FINANCE AND THE ARTS MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

1R15/98 23 March 1998

PARER KEEPS HIS JOB AND HIS $2 MILLION; 3,000 WORKERS LOSE THEIR JOBS AND THEIR $20 MILLION

John Howard has been determined to ensure that Senator Parer keeps his job and his $2 million, but refuses to lift a finger for 3,000 workers who have lost their jobs and their $20 million, the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Bob McMullan, said today.

"Today I reminded John Howard in Parliament that at least 3,000 workers have now lost over $20 million in legal entitlements following the spate of corporate insolvencies in Cobar, Grafton, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and, most recently, Goulburn," Mr McMullan said.

"This is the second opportunity I have given Mr Howard to tell these workers what he will do to assist them to get their entitlements and to ensure that this will never happen again.

"On 2 March this year Mr Howard said he was exploring ways in which help could be given.

"But we now know John Howard was only giving these workers false hope.

"Today, he confirmed that he is giving them no hope.

"Clearly, Mr Howard intends to do nothing.

"And, like the weak person he his, Mr Howard could only whinge that the problem is everyone else's fault."

Mr McMullan said John Howard had been pretending to be a man of strength as he defends Senator Parer's right to keep his job and his $2 million in shares.

"Its a tragedy that Mr Howard cannot find the strength to support ordinary Australians who now find themselves in the appalling position of losing their jobs and millions of dollars as well."

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