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Desperate Hewson fast becoming irrelevant



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Senator John Coulter Australian Democrats Leader

16 June 1992

Desperate Hewson fast becoming irrelevant

Following today's plunge in the preferred prime minister poll Opposition leader Hewson is showing chronic signs of political desperation, Democrat's leader Senator John Coulter said today.

Following Dr Hewson's allegations of a deal between the Government and Democrats to resolve the superannuation impasse Senator Coulter said the frenzied Liberal leader was frantic because he was a political irrelevancy in the super debate.

"Every time the Opposition is rendered irrelevant Dr Hewson trucks out his tired old simplistic deal making allegations," Senator Coulter said.

"With all commentators applauding the responsible way in which the Democrats have dealt with the proposed super legislation his accusations can only be interpreted as desperation in what could be recorded by history as his death throes.

"Dr Hewson's increasing number of irrational and hysterical outburst cast doubts over his leadership judgement and ability."

Emphatically stating that no deal had been done Senator Coulter said the Democrats were in discussions with the Government to protect jobs and the ability of employers to guarantee jobs.

Noting Dr Hewson's failure to specify details of the alleged deal Senator Coulter said: "The last deal he alleged he was forced to retract before the day was out because it was so implausible.

During the Marshall Island's affair Dr Hewson alleged that the Democrats had done a deal with the Government to protect Senate president Sibraa's position for an extra Senate seat - an absolute impossibility. Later he changed this to a Senate office holders position.

"It appears the glass jaw politician gets a touch of hysteria when forced to follow the Democrat agenda as the Opposition has in both the Marshall Islands affair and the super debate," Senator Coulter said.

"Dr Hewson knows the Democrats will retain the balance of power in the Senate, probably with an increased margin, so he's trying to link us, a non-aligned party, to Labor's sinking ship."

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