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P A R L IA M E N T OF A U S T R A L IA ' T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR S.J. COLLARD P.O. BOX 922

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND ROCKHAMPTON, QLD 4700

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Deputy Leader of the National Party in the Senate, -

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE DATE OF ISSUE: 11 MARCH, 1985

DEFENCE OF OUR DIGGERS

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS, SENATOR STAN COLLARD

SLAMMED THE MINISTER FOR VETERANS'S AFFAIRS, SENATOR GIETZELT,

OVER HIS SCARE TACTICS REGARDING VETERANS' BENEFITS.

SENATOR STAN COLLARD SAID FROM ROCKHAMPTON TODAY THAT THE

MINISTER SHOULD STOP USING THE ENTITLEMENTS ENJOYED BY

AUSTRALIA'S WAR VETERANS AS AN IDEOLOGICAL WEAPON IN HIS

FACTIONAL BATTLES.

"BENEFITS FOR EX-SERVICEMENT ARE ONE OF THE FEW BIPARTISAN

AREAS IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IT IS A SAD DAY WHEN THE

MINISTER FOR VETERANS' AFFAIRS US_JS THEM IN AN INTERNAL ALP ROW.

"NOT ONLY IS THIS SCARE CAMPAIGN OF SENATOR GIETZELT'S MORALLY

WRONG, BUT HOW COULD ANYONE OTHER THAN AN ADVOCATE OF BIG

GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLY SAY THAT GOVERNMENT SPENDING DOES NOT

NEED RESTRAINT," SENATOR COLLARD SAID. .

WITH THE GOVERNMENTAL SHARE OF GDP CURRENTLY RUNNING AT A2%

AND INCREASING, NOT ONLY IS RESTRAINT A NECESSITY BUT REAL

REDUCTIONS BECOME IMPERATIVE, IF WE ARE TO ENJOY A REAL ECONOMIC

RECOVERY, SAID SENATOR COLLARD.

"IT SEEMS THAT SENATOR GIETZELT HAS HIS PRIORITIES ALL WRONG. HE

SHOULD BE TRYING TO PERSUADE HIS COLLEAGUES ON THE NECESSITY

OF REINING IN THEIR EVER EXPANDING DEPARTMENTS. WHEN WE CONSIDER

THAT 73% OF ALL NEW JOBS IN THE LAST TEN YEARS HAVE BEEN CREATED

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IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, IT IS EASY TO SEE WHERE REAL CUTBACKS IAN

BE IMPLEMENTED. DOLE PAYMENT TO STRIKERS' WIVES WOULD SEEM

ANOTHER AREA WHERE SAVINGS CAN BE ACHIEVED LONG BEFORE ANY

REDUCTIONS IN BENEFITS TO OUR RETURNED DIGGERS."

SENATOR COLLARD SAID IT WAS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT THE VETERANS

WERE THE MEAT IN THE SANDWICH WHILE THE SOCIALIST LEFT ENGAGED

IN KITE FLYING SO AS TO CONSOLIDATE THEIR FACTIONS POSITION

REGARDING GOVERNMENT POLICY.

ENDS

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