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Transcript 8726

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON PJ KEATING MP, DOORSTOP, ST VINCENT DE PAUL CENTRE, TOWNSVILLE, 15 NOVEMBER 1992

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Keating, Paul

Period of Service: 20/12/1991 to 11/03/1996

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Release Date: 15/11/1992

Release Type: Interview

Transcript ID: 8726

TEL: 16. Nov. 92 11: 39 No. 008 P. 03/ 03
PRIME MINISTER
P'A1TIAL TRANSC I PT OF TH-E PRIME MINISITPM, TJlE 11ON P J KEATING
MP, DOORSTOP1, ST VINCENT W, P'AUL CENIH I, T0WNSVIThlE, 1s
NOVEM1WR 1" 92
E P1~ IROO1) COPY
J: Aire you capitalising on problems in V'ictoria o1 thc K~ enne~ tt Gciverranena?
PM: The Kewlett Government has got no re'spocl for its community. It's taking away
b&. nieftt that people have 4eemed o\, ur a e" nTuy, not ncgotiating dhem away but takinS
them, away in the dead of night by legiglation. They tiever had the courage to mention
Ithem in an clection caimpaign. So when G( 3ovvnixnerfs decide to do those sorts of
things they forfeit commuunity regard.
J: Do you think industial actionu shold spread ouigift of Victotia?
PM;-Apparently Mr Howard has 4. aid today th~ at hu endories the Kennett ( ovonnment14
industrial-relations poli~ y s-ei thoef aclw ays did, What thu Konnen Government
har, Ls a policy of stealth theyVe crept up) on pwplc in the middle of the night without
telling them. This naturally is sending very ' bad signals across the wholt; of Ihv,
woi1kforce of Nbs counrtry, who are worried about their terms and -; Mditions of
eniployrnent ' Ibis is not an unnatral thing.
I: Arc the unions; actingj politically in flexing their musclus!
P1M: If the unions are politically flexing their muscles, it's niothing likc the political mus. clcflexing
that Mr Ketuiett is doing. Ile is aiwiing entirely politically In thoend,
( hovernmcnti when they securc. a majotity in the t'artianient, don't get the rioht to war
14% ng down unless there's conutnunity & iappor1 for it. There's boen no community
support for this soit of policy. tIhey are garnering, they are taking mom than tht
mandate gAvc theml. so of crourc naturay thce is a public reaction.
J: Would you be prepared to suppofl national IndustiiM atioun?
PM: Ill wee what cone of it. This 4itpute has becn made by Mr Kenneit, . ot by us.
We'vt; had a deca& e long break out of industrial pcace.-It's boon upset by the Liber
Party of Australiz.

Transcript 8726