|Issue No 101||06 July 2001|
Clairvoyant PM In Secret Deal Fantasy
By Noel Hester
The noises coming from the empty drum called John Howard are becoming shrill. In his latest foray into fantasy land he's come across a secret deal between the ACTU and Kim Beazley over the GST.
John Howard's increasingly desperate attempts to avert disaster in this year's election took a bizarre turn yesterday when he accused Kim Beazley of cutting a secret deal with the ACTU over the GST.
The paranoid PM construed comments made by ACTU President to Sharan Burrow to ABC Radio about the Opposition leader's long-stated public position on GST rollback, as evidence of a 'secret deal.'
Burrow made the comments before she met Kim Beazley at the ACTU's executive this week.
'Kim Beazley's made a commitment on rollback of the GST. That will be on fundamental household items. We'd like to see that, with perhaps some additional tax relief and commitment to a decent living wage as the package that goes to the election for working families,' Sharan Burrow told the ABC's PM program.
From this Howard drew a very long bow to a secret deal between the ALP and the ACTU involving roll back on the GST on household items, on household utilities and on tax cuts.
And in a moment of supreme hypocrisy, the man who has championed the interests of big business in the creation of the Workplace Relations Act, with corporate tax cuts and the joint government-business crusade to smash the MUA, accused the ALP of being beholden to unions.
'We don't make any secret deals with anybody. If I've got a policy I tell all of the Australian people, I don't tell my political masters, I don't have any, my political masters are the Australian people,' he said.
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