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Prime Minister resorts to smearing youth wage proposal



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NEWS RELEASE JO H N H O W A R D , M.P. M E M B E R FOR B E N N E L O N G S H A D O W M I N I S T E R F O R I N D U S T R I A L

R E L A T I O N S . E M P L O Y M E N T & T R A I N I N G

IRET 47/92

PRIME MINISTER RESORTS TO SMEARING YOUTH WAGE PROPOSAL

The Prime Minister has again embarked on a dishonest scare campaign by falsely alleging that it is the Coalition's policy to slash wages.

Nothing could be more wrong.

The aim of the Coalition's industrial relations policy is to lift real wages by enabling productivity increases.

The youth wage proposal introduces a new, guaranteed floor for youth wages, which will generate additional jobs, as

demonstrated by the response from the managing director of McDonald's, Peter Ritchie, and the principal of T-Marts, Bob Jane.

The Prime Minister has again forsaken rational debate and resorted to dishonest smearing to discredit a proposal to reduce the number of youngsters locked out of gainful

employment.

SYDNEY 7 July 1992