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10% average swing in Queensland bi-elections



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T im Fischer mp Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

10% AVERAGE SWING IN QUEENSLAND BI-ELECTIONS

FEDERAL SHADOW CABINET TO MEET IN CAIRNS

The average 10% plus swing against Labor in the two Queensland State bi-elections on Saturday shows that the Goss Government will not have a second term if the Liberals and Nationals in Queensland work together.

Federal Leader of the National Party Tim Fischer said this today adding that he supported the calls by Russell Cooper for a State Coalition and congratulated Russell Cooper and the Queensland Nationals on a solid win in Toowoomba South.

"It's essential the two partys work closely together in

Queensland not only to pave the way for the defeat of the Goss Government but also to guarantee a Coalition win at the next Federal elections," Mr Fischer said.

"Reflecting this, the Federal Coalition Shadow Cabinet will meet in Cairns this Tuesday 21 May with both John Hewson, myself and Shadow Cabinet Ministers in attendance.

"Whilst one must always be careful in interpreting bi-election figures and taking into account special factors such as in the case of Toowoomba South, the retirement of a very popular State Member, the Mayor of Toowoomba, and in Nundah the sudden

resignation of the sitting Labor Member, the figures show clearly that there is a ground swell against Labor across Australia.

Mr Fischer said this is shown in recent bi-elections in Geraldton (State) in Western Australia through Menzies (Federal) in Victoria to Toowoomba South and Nundah (State) in Queensland.

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For further information phone John Anderson on 06 2514612 or Mr Fischer overnight on 069 271 456

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