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Coalition retains three Victorian Senate seats

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P a r li a m e n t a r y Secretary to the M in i s t e r for Agr icultu re , Fisheries and Forestry

Judith Troeth

DAJFF02/98T 27 October 1998


The Coalition has won three Senate seats in Victoria with the third seat being won by Mr Tsebin Tchen.

Senator Troeth, leader of the Victorian Senate team, speaking at the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) declaration of the Victorian Senate poll said in Melbourne today, it was ironic that One Nation votes secured the third seat and elected Tsebin Tchen, a Chinese bom Australian, to the Senate.

"Also Unity First preferences went against Mr Tchen, and for a party that claims to stand for the migrant community in Victoria that decision does nothing for its credibility."

Senator Troeth said, "The newly elected Victorian Coalition Senators represent a voice for women and country and migrant Victoria."

"The absence of minor parties and independents suggests Victorians are fed up with minority party obstruction of legislation which is generally at the expense of the greater community."

Senator Troeth said, "This election has been won by the superior marginal seat campaigning of the Coalition which includes victory in the marginal electorates of McEwen, LaTrobe, Dunkley, Deakin, Ballarat, Corangamite, Casey and Menzies."

"The Coalition with a program for taxation reform went to the election and won the first election ever on the issue of tax policy.

"By securing three seats in the Senate, the Coalition has maintained a tradition in Victorian Federal Senate elections, demonstrating support for Coalition policies."

"Victorians have supported the Coalition with the re-election of three Senators to parliament and endorsed a platform for legislative change to tax policy.

"In 1996, the Coalition parties were a respectable alternative to a discredited Labor government.

"The 1998 victory has confirmed the Coalition's right to govern and endorsed it as the party most capable of delivering opportunity and growth in Australia."

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