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It Is time for the people to decide who will lead them

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Media Release


30th August, 1998

“It is now time for the Australian people to decide who will lead them into the next century,” the National Party Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Gwydir,” Mr John Anderson, said today following the announcement that the Federal Election will be held on October 3.

“The Howard-Fischer Government has rebuilt the foundations of the Australian economy, controlling and cutting Commonwealth debt and reducing interest rates to the lowest level for 30 years for home buyers, small businesses and farmers,” he said.

“We now seek to repair Australia’s broken tax system so that we can build greater prosperity and job opportunities on the nation’s rebuilt economic foundations.

“No-one else has a plan for tax reform, which is clearly in the future interests of all Australians.

“No-one else is offering huge reductions in the costs of transporting our goods and selling on overseas markets - both of which are keys to the future for creating jobs in rural areas.

“The National and Liberal Parties recognise the huge importance of health services to rural people and will pursue policies to make them better, including real incentives for private health insurance and for doctors and nurses to work in the country.”

Mr Anderson said the election provided an opportunity for all Australians to look beyond the slogans, focus on the policies of the various parties and judge which are best for Australia.

“With the Asian economic crisis looming large and now threatening to spread worldwide, Australia needs safe hands at the wheel.

“The National and Liberal Parties are sound economic managers with a plan for the future. Now is not the time to change drivers.”

Mr Anderson said it had become abundantly clear that One Nation’s alleged solutions to the challenges facing Australia would be seriously detrimental to rural interests and that as a result, the National Party in Gwydir would be directing preferences to the Labor Party ahead of One Nation.

Media contact: Robert Haynes on (0419) 493511

Federal Member for Gwydir Minister for Primary Industries & Energy Deputy Leader National Party o f Australia

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