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Keating attack on Britain divisive and destructive: Hill



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Friday, February 28 19/92

KEATING ATTACK ON BRITAIN DIVISIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE : HILLĀ·

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, said today that Mr Keating should be better informed as he moves down the path of destroying Australia's important bilateral relationships in pursuit of domestic political objectives.

"In particular, in embarking on his bitter and gratuitous attack on Britain, Mr Keating should be aware that:

Great Britain provides a market for Australian products which was worth $1.8 billion last financial year.

British investment in Australia is worth over $45 billion and contributes significantly to employment and wealth creation in Australia.

Britain is also a major source of tourists, contributing about 12 percent of our arrivals last year - on this basis it would have earned about $868 million in export revenue.

"He should add to this the defence, educational, scientific and other links developed over a long period of time.

"He might also remember that Britain has also been a valuable ally in Australia's campaign to reform the European Community's Common Agricultural Policy which seriously damages the interests of Australian farmers.

"Good relations take much more time and effort to develop than to destroy.

"Someone should quickly tell Mr Keating that it is possible to develop new relationships without destroying existing b o nds."

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170

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