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Labor Pinches from 'Fightback' - Again why not take the lot?



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T im Fischer mp Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

LABOR PINCHES FROM * * FIGHTBACK' - AGAIN

WHY NOT TAKE THE LOT?

It looks like Labor will be taking another pinch from the

Coalition's 'Fightback' package, according to the Leader of the National Party and Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, Tim Fischer MP.

According to the front page of today's 'Financial Review':

"Senior Ministers have decided to establish a new 'one-stop-shop' process for clearing both Federal and State obstacles to development projects, which, they hope, will remove the need for resource security legislation."

"A good idea - but it is hardly original," Mr Fischer said, quoting from the 'Fightback' package, which states that the Coalition will:

"Establish a Prime Ministerial Working Group on Sustainable Development to provide a one-stop shop at Commonwealth level to assess proposals according to pre-specified deadlines." (Page 63)

"I fear that Labor's approach to a 'one-stop-shop' will merely be the addition of another layer of bureaucracy - more likely to hinder rather than facilitate development projects.

"The Coalition approach is to put in place a true 'one-stop shop', reduce the layers of bureaucracy and facilitate the approval of development projects in a quick but responsible manner."

Mr Fischer added that Labor had already reacted to 'Fightback' by abolishing the Coal Export Duty - a Coalition policy

initiative, and one of which I am proud.

Mr Fischer was speaking whilst in Darwin to attend the Battle of Australia Commemoration.

19 February 1992

Parliament House, Canberra, A .C .T. 2600. Telephone (06) 277 4058. Facsimile (06) 277 2052

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