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MEDIA RELEASESENATOR FRED CHANEY DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS EMBARGO: NOT FOR USE UNTIL 7 PM (WST)

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COALITION WILL DELIVER THE CHANGE AUSTRALIA NEEDS

"The Coalition's major statement on expenditure and taxation will set the tone for the change of direction which will be

achieved under the next Liberal- National Party government", the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Senator Fred Chaney, said today.

"There are no golden key, flick-of-the-switch solutions to the mess Labor's got Australia i n t o " , he told the Greek Australian Professional and Businessmen's Association of Western Australia in Perth.

"What is required is an acceptance of the need for change in

the way we do lots of things in this country, particularly in the way our industrial relations is conducted, and for tax and welfare systems which encourage incentive and help those in real need.

"The specific measures we will announce on Thursday form part of the broader agenda for change we will pursue in

government.

"Central to this is an industrial relations system which puts the focus where it belongs, at the workplace level and which minimises interference from outside third p a r t i e s . Only last week, a two year study commissioned by the

Business Council of Australia re-emphasised the urgency of an enterprise-based approach if Australia is to achieve productivity gains which can be shared, through real wage

rises, with employees.

"That's been the heart of our formal policy for years and it

is gratifying now to see the breadth and strength of support for this direction.

"But this is a nettle the government can't and won't grasp because of its obligations to the institutionalised trade union m o v e m e n t .

"Its union ties have similarly paralysed its approach to the challenge of change on the grossly inefficient Australian waterfront.

"It must reject the Waterfront Industry Reform Authority's 'In-Principle Agreement' which amounts to nothing more than a recipe for continued taxpayer-gabc i i d i c esU .i neff, lrian c y . "

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