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Button shows intolerance by savagely attacking business: Hill

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is, MEDIA RELEASE (mrLEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRSTuesday, October 6 86/92BUTTON SHOWS INTOLERANCE BY SAVAGELY ATTACKING BUSINESSϊ HTT.T.The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Robert Hill, said Senator Button today highlighted the Federal Government's growing intolerance of criticism by savagely attacking business leaders."The comments in Senate Question Time by Senator Button - the Government Leader and the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce - were vitriolic," Senator Hill said."He attacked members of the Business Council of Australia and mining and gold industry leaders for criticising the automotive industry while allegedly benefiting from government assistance, including favourable taxation treatment."Senator Button stated that recent comments by mining industry leaders had been based on lies."The Minister's savage attack on business leaders is further evidence of the Government's growing intolerance of criticism."Senator Button has chosen to attack internationally competitive industries which have succeeded without the levels of government support enjoyed by other Australian industries - such as the car industry."Clearly, the Government will accept nothing less than fulsome support for its policies from industries."For example, it has used the position of the automotive industry in an overtly political way in the debate over car tariff policy."But when other industries seek to inject a sense of balance and reality into the debate, the Government hits out by deliberately misrepresenting their position and by making unsubstantiated allegations about their motives."Enquiries $ Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170(ends)COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH