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M E D IA RELEASE

SENATOR SID SPINDLER AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAT SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTFRALIA · THE SENATE

8 October 1992

TOTAL POWER TO HEWSOW?

The Democrats last night listed some of their initiatives the Coalition had defeated by voting with the Government.

"Once people realise how extreme Dr Hewson's right wing dogma is, he is unlikely to be given the total, unchecked power over both Houses of Parliament he so clearly desires."

Victorian Senator Sid Spindler was responding to claims that the Democrats voted more often with the Government than with the Opposition.

"This is only natural since the Opposition automatically opposes even if the Government has a mandate, while the Democrats assess the substance of the legislation," Senator Spindler said.

"However, in responding to Democrat initiatives, the Coalition is free of its perceived duty to oppose and the rush to vote with the Government and against the Democrats is a clear reflection of its true colours."

Senator Spindler cited a range of initiatives the Coalition had destroyed, including a royal commission into banking practices, two measures to close tax avoidance loopholes, an attempt to ease Austudy assets tests for farmers and small business people and moves to stop the reduction of luxury car sales tax and to allow

citizens to take action in the public interest under the Telecommunications Legislation. i

"There are many more examples and all of them are more

instructive than a simplistic counting exercise," Senator Spindler concluded.

For further information: Contact Senator Spindler - 06 277 3640 (w), 06 255 2343 (h).

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