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What price Bill Kelty's support for Hawke's leadership?



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J O H N H O W A R D , M.P.

M E M B E R FO R B E N N E L O N G S H A D O W M IN I.S I'K R F O R IN D U S T R I A L

R E L A T I O N S , E M P L O Y M E N T 6. T R A I N I N G

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WHAT PRICE BILL KELTY'S SUPPORT FOR HAWKE'S LEADERSHIP?

The Prime Minister should tell us what deal he offered Bill Kelty and his faction in the ACTU executive to abandon support for Paul Keating's bid to take the Prime Ministership away from him.

What deal did the Prime Minister offer to the ACTU executive in his private meeting with them in Melbourne this morning?

He has committed himself to supporting a general wage increase next year.

A general wage increase would be economically ridiculous and totally at odds with the professed commitment of the Government and the ACTU to enterprise bargaining.

Genuine enterprise bargaining is designed to ensure that wage increases are based on productivity increases.

Australia cannot afford a wages round simply to keep the troops happy.

Is that the full price Mr Hawke was prepared to pay to save his own job?

Was he able to swing Kelty and company into line with Martin Ferguson behind his failing hold on the leadership of the parliamentary Labor Party?

Or are Ferguson and his faction now to be counted among the waverers on the Left?

Bob Hawke is a desperate man.

His Prime Ministership is in ruins.

The polls show the people have deserted him.

His, ministers are wandering around like a flock of sheep.

What price are Australians going to be asked to pay to the trade union movement to keep the Hawke Government in palliative care? '

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