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Democrats' contempt for electors' rights



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MEDIA RELEASESENATOR FRED CHANEY DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

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DEMOCRATS' CONTEMPT FOR ELECTORS' RIGHTS

The Democrats' threat to block key aspects of the Coalition's Economic Action Plan demonstrates supreme arrogance and contempt for the rights of the electorate.

The Liberal and national parties have put down a detailed programme of the change required to restore some fairness to the tax system for those most in need — families with dependents -­ and to help make Australia a more productive country.

Those changes require cuts in expenditure in certain areas and those have been fully spelt out.

The package has received overwhelming support since its release two months ago.

When it is endorsed by the election next year of the Peacock government, the Australian public have a right to expect the promises to be implemented.

They will be very unimpressed if the Democrats, who are likely to be reduced to a rump of perhaps one or two Senators after the election, try to block key aspects of the programme.

Such action would be the ultimate rejection of founder Don Chipp's central tenet.

He used to say the Democrat's were there to "keep the bastards honest".

If the Democrats are in a position to implement Senator Haines' arrogant threat they will be doing just the opposite.

Any attempt to stop the introduction of parts of the Coalition's economic policy would turn that saying on its head.

The clear majority of Australians, particularly those families suffering most because of the policies of the Hawke government, will reject the negative, wrecker strategy outlined by Senator Haines, who won't even be around to be responsible for her

threats.

12 December 1989

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