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Wally Curran and Paul Keating-Good bed felows

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Tim Fischer mr Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources


The aligning of Australasian Meat Industry Employee's Union (AMIEU) Victorian Secretary Wally Curran with failed Treasurer Paul Keating makes absolute sense.

Federal Leader of the National Party Tim Fischer said this today during a visit to the NSW North Coast.

"Primary producers across Australia are well aware of Wally Curran's influence over the meat industry for many years.

"It is Wally Curran who created and continued to defended the outrageous work practices in abattoirs that have virtually brought the industry to its knees and resulted in enormous costs for all sections including producers.

"The cost of meat processing in Australia is the highest in the western world; it costs 45 cents a kilo to slaughter beef in Australia whilst in the United States it costs only 10 cents.

"In addition Wally Curran has presided over a raft of disputes aimed at achieving further feather bedding for meat workers and the maximum disruption and extra cost for abattoir owners, exporters and producers.

Mr Fischer said for these reasons, Wally Curran makes a good bed fellow for Paul Keating who shares a similar reputation for what he has done to the Australian economy.

THE FACTS l Victoria \ (Source - VFF) 1972 1991

Number of abattoirs 20 7

Number of Export cattle processed 1975 1990

2,278,500 713,556

1975 1990

Number of Export sheep & lambs 7,862,400 3,555,551

Total man days lost 1989 - 1991 = 253,000

Estimated cost in export earnings 1989 - 1991 =$160 million.

Export abattoirs closed:- Gilbertson, West Footscray Gilbertson, Altona North (Partial) Matchplan Pty Ltd, Camperdown Key Meats Pty Ltd, Ararat

Brooklyn Meats, Brooklyn Thos. Borthwick, Portland Tabro Meats Pty Ltd, Lance Creek Nhi Nhi, Nhill Sale abattoir

ENDS For further information phone 06 277 4058 2 October 1991