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Transcript of news conference, Collingwood Football Club, Melbourne



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TRANSCRIPT OF NEWS CONFERENCE, COLLINGWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB, MELBOURNE, 21 JUNE 1991

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JOURNALIST: Mr Hawke, can you give us any details of the waterfront deal?

PM: Not at this stage. There is still discussions going on and I hope we get a resolution to it.

JOURNALIST: Certainly the AWL says it's seen a deal. Senator Collins has offered them a deal and they've rejected it. What do you say to that?

PM: Well they're not the only party involved on the employers side. Now I'm not saying anything more about it. There are a lot of important discussions going on and I'm not going to say any more about it.

JOURNALIST: Mr Hawke, how important is it to change uranium policy?

PM: I'm not saying anything about that either. That will be for the conference.

JOURNALIST: Will it be debated at the conference?

PM: I'm not sure.

JOURNALIST: Jim McKiernan said today that after a healing period on the backbench Mr Keating should be taken back into the Ministry.

PM: That's a matter for the future.

JOURNALIST: Would you be happy to see him back onboard?

PM: Well it's a matter for the future.

JOURNALIST: Mr Hawke, do you find it ironic that you're launching this book at the Collingwood Football Club where Paul Keating joined in July last year?

PM: No. Do you?

JOURNALIST: Who do you barrack for, Mr Hawke?

PM: The Swans.

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JOURNALIST: Still?

PM: Yes.

JOURNALIST: Mr Hawke, is the leadership issue dead and buried after yesterday's Caucus meeting?

PM: For everyone except the media.

JOURNALIST: You're quite confident that dissent over the Coronation Hill decision will not flow over and continue to fuel dissent?

PM: What dissent was that? I mean if I can just keep on with the sort of majority that I got last night ... five or six to one, do you think that's something that should worry me, that sort of majority?

PM: What about what Gary Johns said today, that the -PM: Who?

JOURNALIST: Gary Johns.

PM: Gary Johns.

JOURNALIST: The Environment Committee Chairman, is that right?

PM: Yes, go on.

JOURNALIST: He said today that the Cabinet Ministers who'd supported mining in Coronation Hill should bail out because they couldn't make a judgement on its merits.

PM: Yes. Well I don't normally make a point of commenting on these self-appointed commentators from within the Party but in the case of the gentleman to whom you're referring, it's interesting that the Committee which he chaired was

totally in favour of the decision that was made by the Cabinet and he had to sign the letter from that Committee - as Chairman of it - asking for that decision to be made. He had his opportunity at the Caucus last night, he spoke

against my position and was overwhelmingly defeated. Now he ought to understand the numbers on this. He is out of step with the overwhelming majority of the Party and the

overwhelming majority of the Party is right.

ends