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Kelty huffs and puffs



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JOHN HOWARD, M.P.

MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MIN ISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL

RELATIONS, E M P L O Y M E N T & TR AIN IN G

IRET 68/91

KELTY HUFFS AND PUFFS

Bill Kelty's threat that unions might seek ten per cent wage compensation if the Coalition's tax policy is introduced is irresponsible rhetoric designed to do the Labor Party's bidding.

By his own admission, the ACTU has not completed its analysis of the Opposition package yet Mr Kelty feels free to make irrational threats.

The truth is that Mr Kelty is behaving like a good Labor Party man.

He is huffing and puffing to create the impression that the Coalition's tax plan will produce a wage blow-out.

As the details of the plan clearly demonstrate this will not be the case.

Wage and salary earners are left better off by the package.

Not only are more than fully offsetting personal tax cuts given but the structure of the package ensures that its one-off price effect is contained.

If the Opposition were proposing a goods and services tax without compensation the ACTU Secretary might have a point.

Because this is clearly not the case this little outburst is nothing more than Bill Kelty trying to bail out his politically embattled mates.

Come a change in government the ACTU will, despite its rhetoric to the contrary, wish to work with the Coalition.

SYDNEY 25 November 1991

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