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BUTTON - WE HAVE A RECESSION

In the Senate today, Senator Button was again at odds with the Prime Minister.

Last week, the Prime Minister outrageously claimed that the recession in Australia had ended long ago.

Having rightly been blasted by all quarters of the community for such an insensitive remark, the Prime Minister moved on the weekend to recover some lost ground when he spoke of "a recession we are now moving from".

But, as he did yesterday on the Government's budget growth forecasts, Senator Button in the Senate today begged to differ yet again!

In response to a question from Senator Hill on the human misery that Labor's policies have caused, Senator Button said:

"... we have a recession which we talked about in this place over a period of time ..."

No mention of the recession ending long ago or even moving slowly out of it.

But then again, Senator Button is retiring at the next election and, unlike an increasingly desperate Prime Minister, has less problem with telling the truth.

12 October 1992 Canberra

Contact: David Turnbull (06) 2774277 D161/92

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12 October 1992

TRANSCRIPT OF SENATE QUESTION TIME HILL· TO BUTTON

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SUBJECTS:

President:

Supplementary, Senator Hill.

Hill:

The Minister again seems to have failed to appreciate that these record rates of unemployment are under his economic model. The results of his government's policies, and all he puts to us today is further misery is the answer. If I ask the Minister, when is his government going to face up to the fact that it's its

economic model that needs to be revised, or in other words, when is the government going to acknowledge the deficiencies £h~ the economic model which has put so many Australians in this position of misery.

President:

Minister, Senator Button.

Button:

Mr President, Senator Hill, we have a recession which we talked about in this place over a period of time ....