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MEDIA STATEMENT 18 APRIL 1985

OPPOSITON SPOKESMAN ON TRADE HON. TOM MCVEIGH M . P .

McVEIGH: PRIME MINISTER’S ATTACK ON QUEENSLAND INACCURATE

The Prime Minister today came under strong attack for what Senior

Coalition frontbencher, Mr Tom McVeigh, described as a 1 bogus1

attack on the Queensland Government. ■ ' ■

He said statistics used by Mr Hawke in an attempt to downgrade

the Queensland Government's achievments were selective in the extreme.

1 The accuracy of usirig the same month in successive years as the '

basis for indicating growth in any economy would be dismissed as

negligent by any knowledgable economist, Mr McVeigh said.

" If the Prime Minister wants to throw around statistics willy-nilly ,

let’s look at another set of statistics relevant to Queensland. In

the period February 1984 to March 1985, 58 500 jobs were created in

Australia according to A.B.S. 23 300 of those jobs were created in

Queensland which should bring joy to any Prime Minister who has the

national interest at heart. -

1 Whilst employment growth in Australia was 0.9 per cent during that '

period, Queensland growth was 2.3 per cent - three times the national -

average. This is particularly significant considering Queensland was

one of only three Australian states to experience population growth

in the last financial year. The population rose by 1.7 per cent,

ensuring Queensland topped the growth figures in Australia for the

SIXTH year in a row. -

Mr McVeigh said it was pleasing to note the Q.T.L·.C industrial advocate

in Queensland said in his submission to the Industrial Commission -

concerning a wage increase, that talk about doom and gloom in Queenslam

coming from certian quarters should be dismissed.

1 Clearly, he meant the Prime Minister. The Q-T.L.C is far too street

wise to support the Prime Minister if it means endangering possible '

wage increases for their members. .

1 The Queensland dispute is not going to be solved through selectively

petty and vicious attacks by the Prime Minister on the Queensland "

economy. " . ■ . -

Mr McVeigh said if the Prime Minister could not offer anything

more constructive to the resolution of the crisis than rabid attacks

on the Queensland Premier , he should leave the A.C.T.U to fight

its own battles.

CONTACT: Mr Tom McVeigh / Kerry McGeorge 72 7319