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Labor left opposed to Qantas sale



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DAVID JULL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM & AVIATION

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Issued; 7-8-92

LABOR LEFT OPPOSED TO QANTAS SALE

The ALP Left's attempts to thwart the sale of Qantas is a clear demonstration that important sections of the Labor Party are frozen in the past according to David Jull, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Aviation.

"This last ditch stand by the Left indicates just how out of touch they are," David Jull said.

"Sections of the ALP are committed to some dewey-eyed idea that a national government should continue to own and operate an airline in the last decade of the twentieth century. This is outmoded nonsense which cannot be substantiated.

"These same leftwingers seem to accept the sense in selling Australian Airlines but can't cope with the thought of selling Qantas. They probably don't even realise that Qantas was created by private enterprise in western Queensland 60 years

ago.

"If Labor succumbs to these latest leftwing demands it will demonstrate just how spineless it really is.

"Obviously the leftwing push isn't aware of the Prime Minister's desperate hope to inject hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale into this year's Budget. They either want to hold on to Qantas so desperately or they want to

sabotage Mr Keating's Budget.

"This episode demonstrates that th e m are significant elements of the Labor Party who have no commitment to change in the aviation arena. Whenever a positive policy is presented they simply oppose it for the sake of opposing it.

"It is little wonder that Labor took so long to even

contemplate the sale of Qantas and Australian with these dinosaurs still in positions of influence in the party."

For further information contact David Jull on (07) 343-8666

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