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JOHN HEWSON, JIM CARLTON, JOHN CLEARY, MICHAEL HODGMAM ON ABC TV NEWS, HOBART, 22 OCTOBER, 1992

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ANNOUNCER» A federal coalition government wouldn't stop the Gordon below Franklin dam being built* Opposition Leader John Hewson said in Hobart today that if a state government backed the dam he wouldn't interfere with the decision. But as Andrew Fisher reports, not all Liberals are keen on the idea.

FISHER: The distinction between John Hewson and Paul

Keating over states' rights couldn't be clearer. As he showed with the closure of Bender's quarry, Mr Keating is prepared to intervene. Mr Hewson said today he would have a different style.

HEWSON: ... but my inclination is not to

interfere in state matters.

FISHER» Such a state matter would be building the Gordon below Franklin dam which a Hewson government wouldn't stop.

HEWSON: I re a l l y want to run a hands - off federal

gove.rn.ment if you like on a lot of those issues.

FISHER: But at .Melaleuca in the south west looking at

Orange Belly Parrots his Environment spokesman Jim Carlton said he didn't believe a dam would be built.

CARLTON: It's a dead issue. :

FISHER: State Minister John Cleary is also steering clear of such an emotive issue. ' ·

CLEARY: It is not an issue and it is not an issue that the

government's considering. ■

FISHER: But that hasn't stopped the scheme's most.vocal supporter begging John Hewson to give it the all clear.

HODGMAN: We've got a future Prime Minister who's prepared to let Tasmanians make the decisions for their own future.

FISHER: He believes the economics of building the dam

still make it the state's best energy option and claims support for it will continue to grow.

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