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Keating betrays Australia



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT BELL Australian Democrat Senator for Tasmania Keating betrays Australia 6 November 1992 PR92/597 "A vote for the Labor party is now a wasted vote" Senator Robert Bell, Australian Democrat spokesperson on Small Business and Industrial Relations warned today.

"The Prime Minister declared yesterday that Labor in opposition would be no opposition at all. His wild threats about the GST amount to little more than petulant bullying of the electorate. ’

"Having been rapped over the knuckles for his offensive comments about the Senate, Keating lashed out, effectively stating that he would take his bat and ball and declare Labor on holiday if Hewson won the election.

"His tantrum throwing not only reveals his arrogance it also places Australia's future under threat" Senator Bell said.

"Hewson's GST will not rescue anyone but the rich; things will only be cheaper if you drive imported petrol guzzling cars and eat imported food.

"It will place a huge administrative cost burden on small business. In the majority of cases, small businesses can expect an extra 8% hike in their administrative costs, just to cover the paperwork. It should also be remembered that the promised pay roll tax cuts will only happen if state governments agree and won't benefit small

business anyway. .

"Fightback and Jobsback spell out a recipe for social and economic disaster.

"The Ho war d/He wson model for industrial relations will create an endless round of confrontation and demarcation disputes, most of which will end up in court. The only people who will make money and have jobs and businesses will be lawyers and accountants.

"Does Keating plan to support the rest of the package too? Will he be happy to sit back and watch while Australians and Australian small business in particular have their savings and profits chewed up with higher prices, higher inflation, and a far lower and more insecure standard of living? It seems so.

"Australians now only have the Democrats to responsibly protect their interests and guard against excessive flaws in policy, whoever is in government. The Democrats use their power in the senate to support the mandate of the people for change, but we believe it is our role to safeguard Australia from the worst excesses of self interested idealogues and their egotistical counterparts."

For further comment contact: Isabelle Meyer (06) 2773770 Brian Austen (002) 313855 or Robert Bell (002) 252856 after 8pm

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