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Mark Vaile

Media Release

Parliament House Phone: +61 2 6277 7420

Canberra ACT 2600

Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Trade Leader of The Nationals

Monday 31 July 2006


Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals, Mark Vaile has welcomed the decision by Prime Minister John Howard to lead the Liberal Party at the next federal election in 2007.

Mr Vaile said, “John Howard has been an outstanding Prime Minister and values the strength of our Coalition. Our 10 year record of growing Australia’s prosperity owes a lot to the close working relationship and trust developed between the Prime Minister, Treasurer Peter Costello and the leadership of The Nationals.

“I welcome Peter Costello’s ongoing commitment as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and Treasurer which will be vital in helping achieve victory at the next election.

“The Coalition Government has been so successful because it listens to local communities, making sure their voices are heard, their needs are met and their futures are secure.

“The Coalition Government’s strong economic management has led to an unemployment rate of 4.9%, the lowest in 30 years, and interest rates that are 5% lower, on average, than when Labor was in power.

“While the results have been outstanding, they demonstrate to me that there is no substitute for The Nationals and The Liberals working together within a strong coalition.

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