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Coalition mutiny continues over industrial relations.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

Stephen Smith MP Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations Member for Perth

23 June 2005

COALITION MUTINY CONTINUES OVER INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

The Prime Minister has failed today to dampen down the continuing Coalition mutiny over his extreme, unfair and divisive industrial relations changes.

In Question Time today the Prime Minister was asked the following question:

Is the Prime Minister aware of the fact that WA Liberal Senator David Johnston may vote against the Government’s proposed industrial relations changes saying that WA Liberals are deeply concerned at the proposed changes and that there is a lot of disquiet in the West?

Prime Minister, isn’t this the view also shared by Western Australian State Liberal Leader, Matt Birney, Queensland State National Leader, Lawrence Springborg, and Queensland Senator-elect Barnaby Joyce?

If Senator Johnston, Mr Birney, Mr Springborg and Senator-elect Joyce believe there are risks in the Prime Minister’s extreme industrial relations changes, why shouldn’t Australian working families?

Prime Minister, how can Australians trust the Government’s industrial relations scheme if your own members do not?

The Prime Minister chose to pretend the mutiny within his Coalition ranks was not occurring.

Rather, the Prime Minister asserted the changes were in the ‘national interest’ and he would not be stopped from pursuing them.

The last time the Prime Minister’s had some extreme and divisive industrial relations which he said were based in the ‘national interest’, he started with balaclavas and Alsatians on the waterfront.

Under John Howard’s industrial relations changes, Australian working families will come to realise that they have got nothing to look forward to except having their wages reduced, entitlements and conditions stripped, and their safety nets removed.

23 June 2005

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