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One Nation fiasco: a warning on economic stability.

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Senator Meg Lees

Australian Democrats

Parliamentary Leader


30 September 1998





The Australian Democrats say that yesterday’s One Nation Campaign Launch fiasco - where police were called in to evict journalists - should be a warning to voters that economic stability should not be taken for granted.


Democrats Leader Meg Lees says if they can’t even run a press conference, how can they be trusted to run the Senate?


“People may not like everything the Democrats have done since the 1970’s, but we have kept the parliament workable and stable under both Coalition and Labor governments.


“That is extremely important in an economy which has been widely deregulated during the eighties and nineties.


“Any hint of chaos in the Senate would deal a significant blow to confidence in our economy during a period of worldwide economic uncertainty.


“Something like a 1975-style crisis, which occurred before the Democrats entered the Senate, would probably do long term economic damage.


“Yesterday’s circus at the One Nation launch provides a timely warning to voters on this issue.


“A number one vote for the Democrats in the Senate on Saturday is a vote for a workable Parliament.”


The Australian Democrats and One Nation are locked in a battle for the Balance of Power on Saturday, with the last Senate seat in each state to decide the winner.


David Oldfield is One Nation’s Senate candidate in New South Wales, up against Aboriginal candidate Aden Ridgeway for the Democrats.


For further comment: Stephen Swift 0419 867 876, Senator Lees 0418 804 505