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For the record Queensland election result not the great result keating claims



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Tim Fischer mp H I » *

Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FOR THE RECORD

QUEENSLAND ELECTION RESULT NOT THE GREAT RESULT KEATING CLAIMS.

Statement b y Tim Fischer MP, Federal Leader of the National Party.

Prime Minister Keating, today in Question Time claimed that the Queensland Election result was a resounding loss for the

Coalition. He continued in a similar vein to his outcry to

journalists at Fairbairn RAAF Base (20 September 1992) where he said '... .I'm afraid Dr Hewson and Mr Robb have taken a big loss, a big L.O.S.S.'

In fact Paul Keating you are wrong, W.R.O.N.G. The result in Queensland represented a substantial gain for the Conservative Parties.

A total of five Queensland Labor Parliamentarians lost seats including Labor Minister for Forests, Bill Eaton.

The National Party, far from losing, actually made magnificent progress having retained its numbers even after losing five seats in the redistribution1

The State of the parties before the election was 54 Labor, 26 Nationals and 9 Liberals, after the election the result was exactly the same even after the measures taken by the Goss

Government to correct the so called gerrymander.

If the gerrymander was so bad then why didn't the Labor vote take off at the election.? It is because the support for the Nationals in the bush is as strong as ever.

In fact beyond Brisbane, Goss had a very soft result and sitting Labor members contesting the following seats lost to National Party candidates:-* Charters Towers

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