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Keating faces credibility test in Northern Australia: 20 February 1992.

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KEATING FACES CREDIBILITY TEST IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA The Prime Minister, Mr Paul Keating, has been urged to unlock Northern Australia's vast resource potential in his Economic Statement on February 26.

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia, Senator Grant (Tambling, ) today called on Mr Keating to give the long-awaited go-ahead to projects such as Coronation Hill.

"The Economic Statement is a test of Keating credibility.

"At the time of his unsuccessful leadership challenge last June, Mr Keating promised Labor colleagues that if successful, he would reverse the Government's decision to ban mining at Coronation Hill.

"The Labor Member for Kalgoorlie, Graeme Campbell, confirmed this in the Australian Financial Review* newspaper on January 15 when he said:

"Keating gave me an undertaking that he would reverse the Coronation Hill decision. But talking to (Treasurer) Dawkins now, the undertaking is to look at the Coronation Hill decision ..."

Senator Tambling urged Mr Keating to address the tax implications of major projects in the resource and transport sectors, boost export capacity and create real jobs.

"On behalf of people living in northern Australia, I challenge Mr Keating to increase tax zone allowances for families, in line with recommendations from the Prime Minister's Country Task Force and the Federal Coalition's Fightback package.

"For nearly nine years, people living in northern and regional Australia have had to battle for survival against the anti-development policies of the ALP."

ENDS Contact: Senator Grant Tambling 089-81 3567 Tiz Zeroni 089-81 3567


* AFR clipping available