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Thursday, 31 October 1996
Page: 4875


Senator BISHOP(12.36 p.m.) —I wish to ask the parliamentary secretary to refer to the second and third lines of paragraph (a) and the reference to international competitiveness:

(a)   encouraging . . . international competitiveness through higher productivity and a flexible and fair labour market.

Could you tell me, Senator Campbell, why it is that international competitiveness is such a critical aspect of this objective?