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Transcript of doorstop interview Dr John Hewson, Leader of the Opposition Perth, WA



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Leader of the Opposition

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TRANSCRIPT OF DOORSTOP INTERVIEW DR JOHN HEWSON, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION PERTH, WA

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SUBJECTS: WA Liberal Party, by-election, Kerin decision on budget lock-up

Hewson:

...the clear message in all this and that is disunity is death in politics and we have learnt that lesson federally. It still has to be learnt in some parts of Australia.

Jrnlst:

..(inaudible)..

Hewson:

If there is, I don't know the extent to which they are. But the imagery is not good, clearly I will be saying something about that in my speech tomorrow.

..(inaudible).. Liberal Party of WA is on ..(inaudible)..

No, it is not for me to express a view..(inaudible).. of every ..(inaudible)., in Western Australia. I will talk about the issues as I see them at the federal level and I am very concerned that we maintain ..(inaudible)., co-ordinated approach that we have taken.

We have put disunity behind us, we have run a very tight

Coalition, we are a very unified Liberal Party, very unified National Party, a very unified Coalition which I think is

essential to winning the next election and quite frankly, they were right at the last election - if you can't govern yourselves, you can't govern the country. We learnt that and that is really the message that I will carry with me.

Jrnlst:

Hewson:

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Jrnlst:

..(inaudible)..

Hewson:

Well look, I don't know the extent of the problem but I would hope that nobody would defect, I hope people would stay with the Liberal Party. The real opponent here is the other side, it's the ALP. Where we have disagreements, we should settle

disagreements in-house and get on and fight the real opponent.

Carmen Lawrence should not be in Government in Western Australia, Bob Hawke should not be in Government federally. The only way we are going to unseat both of them is to put a disciplined and unified team that focuses on the issues of the State and federal

level.

Jralst:

..(inaudible)..

Hewson:

Well, we have been building a very strong leadership team at the Federal level. Tim Fischer and I have both now settled into our jobs, we have the confidence of both our parties and that has been an essential element in the past that we have been able to perform in the last 15 to 18 months.

Jrnlst:

What do you think about the Liberals losing a State by-election?

Hewson: .

Well, one is always disappointed when you lose. And I think that what it says is that you should go back and have a look, a long hard look as to why you lost and make sure that it doesn't happen again.

Jrnlst:

..(inaudible).. John Kerin changes to the federal budget lockĀ­ up. What is your reaction to that?

Hewson: .

I don't care when John Kerin announces the budget. I do care though, that he gets on and deals with our economic problems..

Jrnlst:

..what about changes to the lock-up?

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Hewson:

Well, he has taken a view that the lock-up is not essential. My view is that the timing and the decision as to whether or not that is a lock-up are his decisions. I don't think it is

necessary, really to have a lock-up in certain circumstances. As I say, I think it is irrelevant whether there is a lock-up or whether the budget is delivered at 3 o'clock or at 8 o'clock, provided he gets on and brings down a budget that deals with our problems. That is the real issue now as to whether John Kerin

has got the courage of our convictions, as far as economic policy is concerned.