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Peter Reith

DEPUTY LEADER of the OPPOSITION PRESS RELEASE SHADOW TREASURER

UNITING CHURCH

With colleagues, Senator Alston, Dr Edwards and Mr Chaney, I today met with representatives of the Uniting Church.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr Wood spoke with journalists on departing Parliament House.

There have been some requests to me for a clarification of Dr Wood's remarks.

I have tonight spoken with Dr Wood and he has agreed with the following words:

"The remarks at the doorstop interview were to convey the openness of the Coalition to receive from the Uniting Church further information on how Fightback! would in the Church's opinion impact on the disadvantaged. The remarks were not intended to suggest

that the Coalition had indicated any major changes in Fightback!. The Coalition presented to the meeting an outline of their compensation package in which 140 out of 140 households were better off after the implementation

of Fightback! "

4 November 1992 Canberra

Contact: David Turnbull (06) 2774277 D188/92

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH