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Joint statement by National Party Federal President and Federal Leader of Parliamentary National Party



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T im Fischer mp Federal Member for Farrer Leader of the National Party of Australia Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JOINT STATEMENT BY NATIONAL PARTY FEDERAL PRESIDENT. JOHN PATERSON AND FEDERAL· LEADER OF THE PARLIAMENTARY NATIONAL PARTY. ΊΤΜ FISCHER MP.

Federal Management Committee of the National Party, meeting in Brisbane today, has lodged its strong objection to the down grading of the visit by H er Majesty the Queen to Canberra next week.

Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer pointed out to Management Committee that for the first time ever there would be no formal Parliamentary luncheon or dinner, more particularly there will be no speeches of welcome in the Parliamentary precinct by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

"As I have said before, this down grading fits a pattern and is unacceptable, it is obvious from the warmth of the Sydney crowds that the vast majority of Australians welcome the visit by Her Majesty and want no down grading of arrangements associated with the visit.

"In its resolution, the Federal Management of the National Party stated that it was objectionable that the traditional protocols had been overturned thus preventing the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition from giving a formal speech of welcome. This is part of Prime Minister Keating's plan to squeeze out the Opposition Leader in a very unfair way," Mr Fischer said.

Arrangements for the visit include a late morning tea at Parliament House on Monday with no speeches of welcome.

Mr Fischer and Mr Paterson said the republican movement had received a hiding in Sydney and the role of the Constitutional Monarchy had been well supported. The continuity and stability provided by the Constitutional Monarchy is something that must not be lightly dismissed.

FEDERAL NATIONAL'S DIRECTOR PAUL DAVEY STEPS DOWN

At its meeting, the Federal Management Committee formerly received the resignation of Federal Director, Paul Davey. Mr Davey signified last month that he was stepping down to take up the editorship of the Mudgee Guardian after eight years as Federal Director.

Federal President, John Paterson and Federal Parliamentary Leader, Tim Fischer MP praised the contribution made by Paul Davey in his role as Federal Director over the years and his involvement with the National Party at all levels.

ENDS 21 February 1992

For further information contact Mr John Paterson or Mr Tim Fischer MP at (07) 8311949

M r Fischer will be available for a doorstop a t 1230 pm today in the fover of the Ridee H otel 189 Leichhardt St Brisbane.

Parliament House, Canberra, A.C.T. 2600 Telephone (06) 2774058 Fax (06) 277 2052