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Labor's first policy for regional Australia: a massive cave in to the Unions.



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1 June 2000 A83/2000

LABOR’S FIRST POLICY FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA - A MASSIVE CAVE IN TO THE UNIONS

The news that Labor’s first new policy for years is to cave in to the ACTU’s wishlist on industrial relations reveals how totally unfit Labor is for government, the Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the National Party and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

"Just when Australians are overwhelmingly choosing not to join unions any more because they no longer see them as relevant, along comes Kim Beazley’s Labor Party and gives in to the ACTU’s demand to turn the clock back and abandon the flexible and increasingly popular workplace agreements that have been improving productivity, increasing real wages and creating more jobs," Mr Anderson said.

"The first policy Labor has announced after more than four years in opposition seems to have simply arrived in the post from ACTU headquarters.

"The National Party regards it as incomprehensible that the Labor Party, which is supposed to represent the interests of workers, should want to take us back to the bad old days of bad industrial relations in Australia.

"Rural and regional people who suffered under the old regime will be astonished at this approach. Where’s Country Labor now?"

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