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Transcript 10827

QUEENSLAND ELECTION

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 14/06/1998

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 10827

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The result of the Queensland election will not be known for some days,

perhaps longer.

Irrespective of the outcome it would be foolish for either the Coalition

or the Labor Party to ignore the very strong showing of One Nation.

There are clear lessons to be learnt from the result. These include

the genuine sense of vulnerability felt by many Australians during

times of economic and social change.

Now that it has won seats in the Queensland Parliament One Nation

must be made fully accountable for its policies. Glib one line responses

might work when a party is an outsider in an election campaign but

not once it holds seats in a Parliament.

There are, in truth, no simple solutions to Australia's challenges.

Like all other parties One Nation is about to learn this.

It is always an error to fully translate a State election result to

the Federal arena.

The Queensland result is no reason for the Federal Government to abandon

or modify such things as taxation reform, which are sorely needed

to strengthen the Australian economy and improve opportunities for

the Australian people.

It would appear that One Nation has the same negative approach to

taxation reform as the Australian Labor Party.

It is also essential that the Government's Native Title Amendment

Bill be passed into law.

Suggestions that the Government should further compromise on this

issue are totally misplaced. Not only would that be a betrayal of

the legitimate interests of farmers and others it would also allow

the Coalition's critics to argue that it was no longer prepared

to fight for the interests of rural Australians.

14 June 1998

Transcript 10827