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Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Senator John Tierney today called on unions to identify the people involved in an attack upon his car, during a visit to Newcastle by the Minister for Defence Peter Reith in July. It follows the release of photographs by police, which are published today in the Newcastle Herald.

“There was over $6,000 worth of damage done to my vehicle that day, which can only be described as black Friday for Newcastle,” Senator Tierney said.

“When a Federal Minister visits the Hunter Valley, you would expect that all organisations would want to showcase the region and the potential for Commonwealth investment.

“After the Defence Taskforce, the Business Chamber and local companies briefed the Minister on that potential, union members displayed what can only be described as thuggery behaviour.

“I call on local unions to identify people in the photographs or for those people in the photos to actually come forward themselves.”

Senator Tierney said despite the union behaviour during Mr Reith’s visit, he was keen to see a united group of business leaders, local companies and community representatives work together to attract future defence contracts.

“The Government called for tenders in July to build the 15 new patrol boats for the defence force, which could mean around $450 million for local industries,” Senator Tierney said.

“If we are going to attract such contracts to the area, all groups must act responsibly and in cooperation.”

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