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Transcript 21435

Doorstop Interview Townsville

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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: 02/08/2004

Release Type: Interview

Transcript ID: 21435

JOURNALIST:

Prime Minister, should Labor now support the Free Trade Agreement?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well, of course, they should. They should have supported it five months ago. This whole process has been delayed by Labor politics. The Treaties' Committee reported favourably on the Free Trade Agreement several months ago and they've had this political exercise to give the Labor Party some maneuvering room, but look, please for the sake of Australia's future the Labor Party should unconditionally support the Free Trade Agreement and do it no later than tomorrow.

JOURNALIST:

The Senate Committee unconditional...convictions... are you prepared to....?

PRIME MINISTER:

Look, you can't renegotiate the agreement. You either support the necessary legislation or you don't. This is a very good agreement for Australia, that's the view of the Premiers, it's the view of sensible people in the Labor Party and I'm just asking Mr Latham to put Australia's interest first and say that the Labor Party will support the agreement.

Thank you.

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