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Win for Kelly and Hawke will be bitter blow for Australia



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mDEPUTY LEADER, ΝΑΊ IONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA SHADOW MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY Medial WIN FOR KELLY AND HAWKE WILL BE BITTER BLOW FOR AUSTRALIA

Australians, whose businesses are going to the wall and those being thrown out of work, will be horrified to hear Environment Minister, Ros Kelly, say she has the numbers to block resource security legislation which would lead to billions of dollars in

job-creating investment, National Party Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Primary Industry, Bruce Lloyd said today.

Mr Lloyd said reports that Mrs Kelly and the Prime Minister now have the numbers to override the Ministers who are responsible for the productive sector, are a bitter blow to all Australians.

"Australia will never get out of this depression or reduce its huge overseas debt unless it produces and exports more and imports less.

"The timber industry is waiting to invest billions of dollars which could remove the $1.8 billion trading deficit Australia has in timber products, but will not do so until it is guaranteed access to resource."

Mr Lloyd said the Government had been stringing the industry along since before the last Federal election.

"This Government lacks the guts and determination to get Australia moving.

"There is no desire to help people who want to work, or

industries that want to establish or expand.

"To hold back investment in a renewable resource like forestry is nothing short of criminal.

"How can the Government allow this country to import eucalyptus pulp from brazil while preventing investment in pulp and paper factories in Australia?

Mr Lloyd said this did not mean the logging of areas of

conservation value.

"All Australian's believe such areas should be set aside. But Australians do expect the Government to properly manage the rest of the forests so that they are used and regrown to provide an endless stream of timber for future generations," Mr Lloyd said.

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