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Kevin Harkins.

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This morning the National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party informed me that Kevin Harkins had resigned as the candidate for Franklin.

Mr Harkins made this decision because he believes it is in the best interest of the Australian Labor Party.

As Mr Harkins said today he has worked to improve the lives of working Australians as a union official and candidate for twenty years.

Mr Harkins has stated that he decided to resign as a result of the smear campaign the Howard Government ran against him. The Prime Minister today claimed it was “the pressure of the Coalition” that caused Mr Harkins to resign.

Given the large number of Howard Government MPs currently under investigation, the Government’s attacks on Mr Harkins represent political hypocrisy at its worst.

CANBERRA 9 August 2007