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Media Release

24th September, 1998

The Labor Party's target of 5% unemployment in six years is a hoax that even Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, cannot guarantee will be achieved, the Federal Member for Gwydir and National Party Deputy Leader, John Anderson, said today.

Mr Anderson said that during an interview on ABC Radio's AM program this morning, Mr Beazley could not guarantee the 5% target could be achieved, instead saying Labor would give it a go.

"Independent experts who know about economic management are speaking with one voice to tell Australia that Labor is out of its depth and simply does not have the policies to secure a better, more prosperous future for our nation and its people," he said.

Mr Anderson said these experts had identified a number of ingredients needed to make lasting inroads into unemployment and none of them were part of Labor Party policy (see attached).

"In fact, many of Labor's policies will work against job creation, not for it."

"Labor wants to turn back the clock on industrial relations and make the labour market less flexible, as well as giving unions back the power to use standover tactics in industrial disputes by abolishing the secondary boycott provisions reintroduced by the Coalition.

"Labor denies the need to reform our outdated tax system that so heavily penalises exporters and job creators, despite welfare organisations, business leaders and even the Democrats saying real tax reform is essential.

"Labor pins its hopes on spending $1.7 billion on new jobs programs that it claims will create 100,000 jobs when 1.2 million jobs need to be created to meet its 5% target.

"The rest of its hopes are pinned on economic growth, yet economic growth in Australia, while still strong because of the Coalition's sound economic management, is being held back by the Asian economic crisis."

Mr Anderson-said Labor didn't have the courage or the policies to reduce unemployment

"Labor had 13 Budgets, three summits and a series of economic statements during its 4638 days in Government to reach that target - and they didn't. If they couldn't do it then, they won't do it now.

John AndersonFederal Member for Gwydir Minister for Primary Industries & EnergyDeputy Leader National Party o f Australia LABOR'S JOBLESS TARGET IS A SHAM

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"By contrast, the Coalition has a plan to revitalise the Australian economy by giving the nation a new tax system that rewards hard work and enterprise and cuts the cost of doing business."

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"Despite Labor's plethora of promises, the question remains: HOW? (Michelle Grattan, The Financial Review, 24 September, 1998.)

"As to Mr Beazley's insistence that he can achieve 5 per cent unemployment by 2004 because we have the policies to reach it," this ranks in credibility somewhere between the belief in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy."( E ditorial, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 September, 1998.)

"Beazley chose to make jobs the issue. He insists the target can be reached. But he hasn't delivered a credible or feasible policy. (Paul Kelly, The Australian, 24 September, 1998.)

"Can they be trusted to run the country in turbulent economic times? Yesterday, Mr Beazley gave voters a very good reason to answer NO to that question."(Alan Wood, The Australian, 24 September, 1998.)

"But by undoing the Howard Government's industrial relations reforms he (Beazley) would remove any chance of making a serious cut in the structural rate of unemployment."(Alan Mitchell, The Financial Review, 24 September, 1998.)

"At a time when global economic instability is emphasising the need for sound economic management, Mr Beazley has yet to convince voters he has the credentials fo r this m ost crucial of all jobs.(Editorial, Herald Sun, 24 September, 1998)