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The Hon Peter Reith, MP

Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business 

Leader of the House of Representatives
 

Parliament House,

Canberra ACT 2600

 

28 October 1999

131/99

 

UNIONS CAN’T FORCE YES VOTE

 

The attached tr anscripts reveal that people of all walks of life will determine the outcome of the Referendum on November 6.

 

Brian Boyd by trying to politicise the Referendum vote by personally attacking individuals will only ensure that he will further alienate workers.

 

The ACTU’s support for the yes case is indicative of their elitist attitude where by they deny workers the right to make up their own mind.

 

Transcripts attached.

 

For further information contact: Ian Hanke on 0419 484 095

 

 

 

The Hon. Peter Reith, MP

Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business 

Leader of the House of Representatives
 

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

 

TRANSCRIPT OF BRIAN BOYD 

RADIO INTERVIEW, 3AW

 

ANNOUNCER:

 

The union movement has thrown its weight behind a yes campaign for the republic referendum. Brian Boyd from the Trades Hall Council has addressed a meeting of construction workers at Federation Square. He’s spoken passionately for the need of an Australian Head of State before launching an attack on the credibility of Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith. He says while Mr Reith claims to be a republican, he’s actually a closet monarchist.

 

BOYD:

 

He is behind John Howard all the way in the no campaign to stop us having any advance. So, as far as I’m concerned, if Peter Reith says vote no, then by definition, construction workers in particular, and workers in general, should vote yes because Peter Reith is no friend of ours.

 

 

The Hon. Peter Reith, MP

Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business 

Leader of the House of Representatives
 

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

 

TRANSCRIPT OF BRIAN BOYD 

RADIO INTERVIEW, 3LO/ABC NEWS

 

And th ere was heated debate between some Melbourne workers, members of the Republican and Trade Union movement over the 'yes' vote today

 

The ACTU and the Victorian Trades Hall Council launched the 'yes' campaign for the November referendum at the Federation Square site.

 

The Trades Hall spokesman Brian Boyd told about 60 workers that they should vote yes because Industrial Relations Minister Peter Reith didn't support the current republican model.

 

His comments provoked a heated response from some of the workers

 

WORKER 1:

 

Give us the argument for the 'yes' vote, not the argument against Peter Reith

 

BOYD:

 

Well I reckon he's a key argument for the 'yes' vote because…

 

WORKER 1:

 

No he's not..

 

BOYD:

 

…yes he is

 

WORKER 1:

 

No he's not

 

BOYD:

 

because if he's so….

 

WORKER 2:

 

What about Peter Costello?, Peter Costello yeah. Costello, what do you think of Costello?

 

BOYD:

 

Costello is a conservative nationalist

 

WORKER 2:

 

I don't care because ….

 

BOYD:

 

(inaudible) you just asked me a question, I told you

 

WORKER 2:

 

You just mention Reith. What's Reith got to do with this debate about a republic?

 

BOYD:

 

Because I'll tell you why …

 

WORKER:

 

No why?

 

BOYD:

 

Because he says. …

 

WORKER 2:

 

People don't like him, I don't like him but, but he's entitled to have an opinion too.

 

 

 

 

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