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Why won't the Prime Minister apologise for lying



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Peter Reith

WHY WON'T THE PRIME MINISTER APOLOGISE FOR LYING?

The Prime Minister places more importance on seat belts than he does on telling the truth to the Australian people.

In Question Time today, Mr Hawke was given a very specific opportunity to apologise to the Australian people for lying to them during the 1990 election campaign, and he refused to take it.

Mr Hawke was more than prepared to apologise for not wearing a seat belt, but he doesn't think he needs to for lying.

The Prime Minister has publicly admitted that he deliberately deceived the Australian people about the deal he struck at Kirribilli House with his former Deputy, Mr Keating.

This Prime Minister has repeatedly claimed that his integrity is absolutely beyond question.

Mr Hawke has told us he has great respect for the Australian people.

Yet, after publicly admitting that he lied to the people over something as fundamental as a deal on the very leadership of this nation, he doesn't even feel inclined to apologise.

For two weeks now, Bob Hawke has been travelling around Brisbane and Sydney in the full gaze of the television cameras to

supposedly renew his contact with the people.

When he's caught on TV without his seat belt on, he turns that into a media event by calling the Queensland Police Commissioner, and asking to be fined.

Yet, on a basic matter of integrity, on a plain unadulterated lie to the electorate he claims to have respect for, the Prime

Minister sees no need for action.

Perhaps, if someone took him down to a shopping centre and called a few television crews he might feel more inclined to do the right thing.

CANBERRA

20 JUNE 1991

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