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PM defends Kirribilli: right policy, wrong asset.



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Media Release

 

BOB MCMULLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, FINANCE AND THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

 

For immediate release, 21 September 1998

 

PM DEFENDS KIRRIBILLI - RIGHT POLICY, WRONG ASSET

 

The Prime Minister, John Howard was accused o f double standards today in his attitude to the sale of Federal Government assets.

 

The Shadow Finance Minister, Bob McMullan, said Mr Howard supported retaining the Prime Minister’s official Sydney residence, Kirribilli House, but wanted to sell the rest of Telstra to the highest bidder.

 

In Sydney today Mr Howard defended his use of both the Lodge in Canberra and Kirribilli House. He said:

 

“Valuable assets of the Commonwealth need to be retained.”

 

Mr McMullan said Telstra was one the Commonwealth’s most valuable assets.

 

“In one phrase, Mr Howard has captured exactly what the Labor Party has been saying about Telstra,” Mr McMullan said.

 

“His statement’s right, but he’s worried about the wrong asset.

 

“Kirribilli House is a building with a wonderful history. Telstra has a fantastic future and should not be sold.

 

“Mr Howard seems to think a luxury home on Sydney Harbour for the Prime Minister is a valuable asset for the Commonwealth. Telstra on the other hand can be sold off.

 

“People in regional Australia who rely on Telstra would not agree with him.

 

“The people of Australia built Telstra. It should be retained in majority public ownership so that all Australians can share in the profits it makes and so that all Australians, wherever they live, can be sure they get the telecommunications services they need”.

 

For more information: Mike Roberts (02) 6273 2299

 

 

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