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Fightback comes to the northern suburbs

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MEDIA STATEMENT Philip Ruddock MP Federal Member for Dundas Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

25 June 1992

Electorate Tel: (02) 858 1011 Fax: (02) 804 6739

Parliament House Tel: (06) 277 4343 Fax: (06) 277 2062



"Fightback!" is the catchphrase of the northern suburbs with a whole list of meetings currently being held in the northern and north-western suburbs of metropolitan Sydney. X

On Friday, 12 June, Federal Member for Dundas and Liberal Endorsed Candidate for Berowra, Philip Ruddock MP held a Public Meeting at the Beecroft Community Centre. This meeting was specifically focussed at how the Fightback! Package would affect our senior citizens. After very informed and stimulating debate, and with the assistance of our Guest Speaker, Senator Richard Alston, Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Child Care, the 70 or so people in attendance applauded loudly in support of the Fightback! plan.

Topics discussed at this meeting included the Tax Credit system, (to compensate self funded retirees for the GST), the pension, the Goods and Services Tax, Superannuation and lump sum payouts, proposed changes to the income tax system and the lowering of income tax, the abolition of Wholesale Sales Tax, fuel excise, and a whole range of other issues that directly related to Senior Citizens.

On Monday, 22 June, a luncheon was held at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, hosted by Philip Ruddock on "The Coalition's Approach to Aged Care". The Guest Speaker on this occasion was Hon Jim Carlton, Shadow Minister for Aged Care. Mr Carlton spoke on the changing face of Australian society and the

different needs of our aged.

Under a Coalition Government, aged care would be given greater attention, in terms of not only established institutions but also a wider network of care in the home and self care facilities. Jim Carlton also spoke about the increase in the number of frail aged the need to continue providing for these people special

services. There were a number of local aged care organisations in attendance including Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Centre and Baptist Community Services.


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Other meetings are also scheduled for July, August and September in relation to the Coalition's Fightback! Plan.

"It is my intention to give all people in the new electorate of Berowra and in my current electorate of Dundas the opportunity to be armed with all the facts relating to the Coalition's plan for Government. We have the detailed program and we are wanting all people to know how the Fightback! plan will benefit them", Philip Ruddock said.

The next Public Meeting on the Fightback! program in our area will be held in the assembly hall at Hornsby Girls High School, Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby on 6 July, with principal speaker, Dr Harry Edwards, current Federal Member for Berowra. This meeting will start at 8pm. Philip Ruddock will also be in attendance at this meeting as the endorsed Candidate for Berowra at the

next election.

On 4 August, Eastwood Branch of the Liberal Party, in accordance with Philip ' Ruddock MP will be holding another Public Meeting at the Eastwood Senior Citizens Centre, corner of Hillview Lane and Shaftsbury Road, Eastwood, starting at 8pm. The Guest Speaker on this occasion will be Mr David Connolly, Shadow Minister for Social Security. All are most welcome to attend. The cost for all Public meetings is free.

Peter Reith, Shadow Treasurer will be addressing a large crowd about the Fightback plan at the Kwantung Palace Chinese Restaurant, Pound Road, Hornsby on 23 September, starting at 7.30pm. Cost of this function will be $30

per head, which includes dinner. More details will be made available closer to the time.

"I encourage you to diarise these upcoming meetings in order that you may be able to ask questions about the Fightback! plan and how it will affect you and your family", Philip Ruddock continued.

"I wholeheartedly support the Fightback! package as a comprehensive and necessary program to encourage a better and more productive Australia. I urge you to look at the facts and make up your own mind about the package. Don't go to the polls at the next election with little or no understanding of the Fightback!

plan. Make the most of the opportunities available and come along to these planned meetings".

"If you require any further information about these meetings or you would like any further information about the Fightback! plan, I urge you to contact my office on 858 3367. I am more than happy to provide you with any written information on the Fightback plan or any other issue relating to Federal Parliament", Philip Ruddock said.

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