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Why isn't Mr Keating as Frank as Bob Carr



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W HY 1SNT MR KEATING AS FRANK AS BOB CARR?

The New South Wales Opposition Leader's frank admission that Australia is "in the middle of the most serious post war recession" contrasts sharply with Treasurer Keating's talk of recovery.

Speaking on the A.B.CS AM program this morning Mr Carr said:

1/Ve are in the middle of the most serious post war recession, there’s now no doubt about that..'

Mr Carr’s frankness on the ill health of the Australian economy is a welcome addition to the economic debate.

This honesty, however, is almost certainly going to result in yet another back-hander from you know who.

Does Mr Keating agree with Bob Carr’s assessment that this is "the most serious post war recession"?

Of course, Treasurer Keating will prefer to answer that question with more talk of recovery.

The political style of the two men is remarkably different.

Faced with the prospect of an election in the middle of a recession his Labor colleagues in Canberra have told Australians they deliberately "engineered", Mr Carr has decided a frank admission of the depth of the problem is the only approach he can take and maintain any credibility.

Yet, the last man in the country to admit we are in recession, Mr Keating, wants to avoid the pain that he has caused at all costs!

From Mr Keating all we hear is talk of recovery.

In the last few weeks, Mr Keating has repeatedly said the recovery would come through before the end of the year.

At one point, in Port Pirie, he even went further and claimed the recovery was "coming through now".

v In his EPAC speech ten days ago, Mr Keating said that we are in a period of "transition from contraction to expansion".

But the statistics keep painting a picture of uncertainty.

Even today, the new motor vehicle registration figures for March showed a drop of 9.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted).

That's the biggest monthly drop since August, last year.

Thanks Mr Carr; we wish the Treasurer could climb down off his arrogant high horse and admit, just for once, the full extent of the pain that he has inflicted on the Australian people.

HASTINGS 30 APRIL 1991 CONTACT: DAVID TURNBULL 06 277 4277