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Government cover-up on treasury analysis of fightback!



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Peter Reith

DEPUTY LEADER of the OPPOSITION SHADOW TREASURER PRESS RELEASE

GOVERNMENT COVER-UP ON TREASURY ANALYSIS OF FIGHTBACK!

The Treasurer said in Parliament today that he would release tomorrow the material I have requested under the Freedom of Information Act on the Coalition's Fightback! package.

The Government plans to withhold part of four documents (up to 150 pages) provided by senior Treasury officials to the Treasurer and his advisers.

As I said more than a week ago, we will take legal advice with

a view to appealing this decision to withhold information that has been put together by Treasury officials at taxpayers' expense.

The Government set up a special task force in the basement of Treasury to analyse Fightback1 at the taxpayer's expense, and the public should be given access to the results of this work.

It has been like pulling teeth to get the Government to provide the analysis of Fightback! They have already released some material, presumably the material they considered favourable to the Government's position. No doubt, the more favourable

commentary on Fightback! from Treasury has yet to be released.

We won't be satisfied until the Government stops this cover-up and releases all the commentary on Fightback!; including the more favourable commentary.

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2 March 1992 Canberra

Contact: David Turnbull (06) 277 4277 D25/92

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