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Statement by the Hon P J Keating - Mr Howard and bipartisanship



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Statement by the Hon P J Keating

Mr Howard and bipartisanship

Mr Howard by his comments today seems to believe that criticism of him breaks bipartisanship and is 'recklessly indifferent to the national interest’.

This is a first in Australian politics.

What bipartisanship does mean is that we are all committed to the peacekeeping force especially the role and leadership by Australians.

What bipartisanship does not mean is support for the government’s policies which in this process of delivering independence to East Timor, without the framework of peacekeeping and reconciliation, has wrought exceptional hardship and laid down many long term problems for the future.

Sydney 5 October 1999

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