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Kelty can go one better

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Senator Jim Short Deputy Leader o f the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Finance & Assisting the Leader on Commonwealth/State Relations

SMF 114/92


ACTU secretary Bill Kelty is fooling no one — least of all the ~ recession-hit families of Australia — with his offer to donate a day's pay to charity to mark today's National Day of Industrial Sabotage.

Mr Kelty can go one better by giving back to the community the millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded handouts the ACTU and his union cronies have received from the Keating Labor Government.

Trade unions have been doled out more than $50 million since Labor came to power in 1983. $20 million of this has been paid out in the last two financial years alone.

The bitter irony is that these millions of taxpayers' dollars are being used directly or indirectly to underwrite political strikes like the one organised across Australia today.

Kelty's crocodile tears are worthless.

If he is genuinely concerned, he will redirect the unions' ill- gotten Government grants to the charities helping the tens of thousands of Australian families suffering from the Keating Recession and the unions' own politically motivated disruptive action.

Canberra 30 November 1992

Contacti Rod Woolley (06)277 3119 (w), (06)288 9355 (h)