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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

MARTIN FERGUSON MP

Member for Batman

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

14 August 1998

 

HOWARD GOVERNMENT ADOPTS CLAYTONS ANTI-RACISM CAMPAIGN

 

The Howard Government has finally released details of their Claytons anti-rac ism campaign, the anti-racist campaign you have when you don't really want to campaign - for fear of Pauline Hanson, Martin Ferguson said today.

 

"Just a few days and weeks before the next election is called Phillip Ruddock has been wheeled out to announce that, finally, the 1996 election promise of an anti-racism campaign has been fulfilled.

 

"But the announcement has been conveniently timed to be hidden behind the media noise created by John Howard and Peter Costello who are out now banging the drum loudly, in their promotion of the GST.

 

"On one hand the Government obviously hopes that Pauline Hanson and the One Nation people won't notice the campaign with all the chatter about the GST.

 

"But at the same time they hope to assuage the sensibilities of those voters demanding an anti-racism campaign.

 

"The reality is that John Howard has failed on his 1996 promise to have an anti-racism campaign in the life of this parliament.

 

"If this is a truly important issue to Mr Howard you would have thought the Prime Minister would have launched the campaign.

 

"If you carefully study the documentation released by Mr Ruddock this morning all the anti-racism effort won't happen until well after October and in the New Year.

 

"Mr Ruddock has involved the NSW Rural Fire Service in this Claytons campaign. But the major source of the fire being dealt with here was not contained early by a Prime Minister who was not prepared to stand up to Pauline Hanson.

 

"I am worried that in the context of an election campaign the hot air of election rhetoric will spread the bushfire far and wide, and we will have real trouble containing it after the Federal election is out of the way."

 

Contact:

Andrew Casey, Martin Ferguson's office (w) 02 6277 4899 (h) 03 95692341

 

Electorate Office: 48 High Street, Northcote 3070 Tel: 03 9482 4644 Fax: 03 9489 0984

 

 

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