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Senate condemns Labor for its policy paralysis

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT HILLLEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRSWednesday. December 2 111/92SENATE CONDEMNS LABOR FOR ITS POLICY PARALYSISThe Senate today condemned Labor for its total policy paralysis and failure to address the economic crisis facing Australia.The Senate today passed the following Urgency Motion proposed by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Robert Hill:The need to condemn the Labor Government for its total policy paralysis and failure to address the economic crisis facing Australia - where there are now one million people unemployed, a record foreign debt of $200 billion, and a massive and worsening current account deficit."Labor's policy-making has ground to a halt," Senator Hill said."Again, after yet another day of debate in the Senate, Labor has failed to put forward any new policy prescriptions to address Australia's economic crisis."This, at a time when the country so badly needs change."Almost one million Australians are unemployed, and probably another million are underemployed."In the past two days, we have seen the release of some deplorable figures: a massive blow-out in the current account deficit and a disastrous foreign debt figure."Also, it has become clear that, as a result of lower-than- expected growth in the Australian economy, unemployment will continue to rise."Against this tragic background of continuing economic crisis, Labor has failed to put forward any new policies and has refused to consider Coalition alternatives.“Labor has ruled out the adoption of policies designed to create jobs and growth - including the abolition of payroll tax, the abolition of wholesale sales tax and a one-third cut in income tax - simply because they are contained in Fightbackl"All Labor can say is that it will make a statement on the environment before Christmas."On the key economic issues confronting Australia, the only thing Labor is offering is more of the same."Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170COM M O NW EALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MIC AH