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Jobs before politics: workers should vote before super prosecutions



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Richard Alston*, * -

NEWS RELEASE

18 February 1992

JOBS BEFORE POLITICS: WORKERS SHOULD VOTE BEFORE SUPER PROSECUTIONS

Shadow Minister for Retirement Incomes, Senator Richard Alston, today called on the Federal Government to drop all thoughts of prosecuting small businesses who are behind on their superannuation payments until the recession is over.

Otherwise the Government will simply be ensuring that even more businesses go to the wall, thereby guaranteeing even higher unemployment - all for the sake of getting brownie points from the union movement for acting tough.

If the Minister for Industrial Relations, Senator Cook, really has the interest of the workers at heart he would not

authorise the Government to take any action against employers unless it is specifically endorsed by the workers whose jobs would be at risk. Otherwise it will be clear that the

Government is once again pandering to the looney left of the trade union movement who cannot accept that award

superannuation and other forms of compulsory super are simply not the answer to Australia's retirement income needs.

After having done nothing for a period of years, to now launch prosecutions would make it clear that the Government is motivated by political considerations rather than any genuine desire to protect the workforce.

Senator Cook should immediately reject such anti-jobs advice and allow the normal enforcement procedures to continue to operate.

For further information contact Senator Alston on 02 - 2518915

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