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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Higher Education

Dated: 22 November 2007 Portfolio: Higher Education Related: Workplace Relations Related: Employment & Employment Services

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Outlook for a Fair Go better with independent Senate

Senator Natasha Stott Despoja will address the Australian Council of Social Service's annual National Conference in Adelaide today as a member of a panel discussing "Three years or three more years - the prognosis for a fair go for all".

"The concept of a fair go has copped a beating over the last decade," Senator Stott Despoja said.

"The Howard Government has concentrated on economic growth but done little to address the widening gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.

"Under Howard’s watch, the cost of higher education has ballooned, the Australian property market has become one of the least affordable in the world, industrial relations protections have been eroded, and basic human rights and legal principles have been sacrificed on the altar of the so-called War on Terror.

"Unfortunately, the Opposition seems to think its best chance of being elected is to be seen as a younger, fresher version of the Coalition, so I do not hold much hope for a significant improvement in fairness under the policies of either major party.

"Many of the Howard Government’s most retrograde laws, such as WorkChoices and voluntary student unionism, were enacted over the last three years when they had control over the Senate.

"The Senate has traditionally played a moderating role on legislation and there is a good chance that it will be able to do so again after this election.

"Now that there is even less daylight between the major parties on policy issues, a vote for the Democrats is more important than ever to ensure the Senate can apply the fairness test to legislation," Senator Stott Despoja said. (1 of 2)23/11/2007 2:28:58 PM

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