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Keating enjoys bird calling in Parliament - but what about jobs?



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

31 March 1992

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KEATING ENJOYS BIRD CALLING IN PARLIAMENT - BUT WHAT ABOUT JOBS?

"I have received many calls about the behaviour in Parliament from concerned local residents, and I want to make it clear that I too am very concerned. Parliament as a blood sport is certainly not effective government and it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to set a standard in the Parliament and in the country." \

"Unfortunately, our Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Paul Keating enjoys taking a long and drawn out 15 minutes in Parliamentary Question Time to answer a 40 second question about Australians and the lack of jobs. He animates his answers with bird calls and shows that he has little regard for anything except his own job. The reality is that his job is being dramatically undermined, because of his

lack of genuine concern, his broken promises, and his inability to act in the interests of all Australians", Federal Member for Dundas, Philip Ruddock stated.

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

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

"People are very tired of bird calls and childish behaviour, they are worried about jobs. The Prime Minister is abusing the Parliamentary process to grandstand and to score cheap political points."

"Contrast this with the Coalition's FIGHTBACK! package. It addresses the fundamental problems facing this country. The Opposition has made a genuine commitment to create more real jobs for Australians in an environment that encourages higher productivity and greater financial incentive to ordinary people.

It has undertaken to lower taxes and abolish seven of the major taxes that are holding back the wheels of industry and trade, including payroll tax and fuel excise.

It has undertaken to more adequately care for those who are unable to care for themselves through significant rises in pensions, part of which would compensate for the one off increase due to the introduction of a fairer and simpler Goods and Services tax system. Our FIGHTBACK! package is the answer for this country's future."

For further information in relation to FIGHTBACK!, please do not hesitate to contact Philip Ruddock MP on 858 1011. i|iiiw w w w .ntn^ n......τ ...... -

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