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Beazley dumps doom and gloom Shadow Industry Minister.

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5 September 2000            00/381 

BEAZLEY DUMPS DOOM AND GLOOM SHADOW INDUSTRY MINISTER The Minister for Industry Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, said he was not surprised the Leader of the Opposition had dumped his failed, do nothing, doom and gloom Shadow Minister for Industry, Bob McMullan.

"The 'doom and gloom' merchant has been dumped into a portfolio that nobody in the ALP wanted," Senator Minchin said.

"Bob McMullan was fixated on talking down industry and did nothing for Australian industry.

"In particular he had a fixation for talking down the car industry which has proved to be totally unfounded.

"He put out a total of 28 press releases predicting gloom and doom for the car industry - not one positive endorsement of the car industry's stunning export achievements or recent sales success.

"Bob McMullan did nothing to prevent the ALP National Conference resolving to impose two disastrous policies on Australian industry - a return to a centralised, union-dominated industrial relations system; and the introduction of a domestic emissions trading system ahead of an international system.

"These two ALP policies alone would be enormously damaging to the international competitiveness of Australian industry.

Senator Minchin also said Australian industry should be concerned by today's appointment of Dr Carmen Lawrence as Shadow Minister for Industry, Innovation and Technology.

"In three years as Premier of Western Australian, Dr Lawrence presided over an 8 per cent decrease in Western Australia manufacturing employment."

Senator Minchin said Dr Lawrence had never shown the slightest personal interest in industry since entering Federal Parliament in 1994 and has no experience to bring to bear.

"I note with interest Dr Lawrence's sole contribution to Australian industry policy - one parliamentary speech in six years," Senator Minchin said.

"I would hope Dr Lawrence may be a little more positive about her new portfolio than her predecessor, but judging by her apparent lack of interest in industry, I doubt it."

Contact:  Carolyn Coleman, Senator Minchin's office, 02 6277 7580 


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