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Howard must accept the verdict and get Australia back to work.



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Media Release

 

BOB McMULLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, FINANCE AND THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

 

IR28/98

21 April 1998

 

HOWARD MUST ACCEPT THE VERDICT AND GET AUSTRALIA BACK TO WORK

 

The Federal Court’s decision today - ordering the reinstatement of 2,000 sacked waterside workers - hands to John Howard a golden opportunity to provide national leadership and settle the bitter wharf dispute that is dividing the nation, the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Bob McMullan, said today.

 

“I call on John Howard to accept this verdict and require Patrick to give the sacked waterside workers their jobs back,” Mr McMullan said.

 

“As soon as this is done, containers will start flowing, farmers’ produce will get off the wharves and the threat to other Australian jobs will be lifted.

 

“John Howard must now take charge of this response personally, because the Court’s decision makes it clear that Peter Reith is hopelessly compromised.

 

“Mr Reith’s close involvement with the prosecution of the Patrick cause, including seemingly illegal conduct, means responsibility for this matter must now be removed from him.

 

“His involvement in apparent conspiracy and unlawful termination cannot be condoned by John Howard.”

 

Mr McMullan said the ball is now in Mr Howard’s court.

 

“This is a test of his aspirations for national leadership.

 

“Does Mr Howard have it in him?”

 

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