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Anderson tries to shift blame for Castlereagh Abattoir closure.

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Anderson Tries To Shift Blame For Castlereagh Abattoir Closure Martin Ferguson - Shadow Minister for Regional Development

Media Statement - 29 June 2000

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has tried to shift blame onto the NSW Government for an abattoir closure in his electorate, despite claims by the abattoir owner that the GST was in fact to blame, Shadow Regional Development Minister, Martin Ferguson, said today.

"Mr Anderson is running from the truth if he thinks the NSW Government is to blame for the closure of Bill Scott's Castlereagh Abattoir in Coonamble," Mr Ferguson said.

"The fact remains that the Federal Government's botched implementation of the GST has already been responsible for sending businesses to the wall, and the worry is that many more businesses may follow.

"Mr Anderson's lame attempt to deflect criticism of the GST by attacking someone else reflects poorly on his Liberal-National Coalition Government, and on his efforts as the leader of a party that is supposed to represent country people.

"Instead of trying to shift blame, Mr Anderson should be responding to the needs of people like the 52 Castlereagh Abattoir workers who have been hit by the GST."

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.