|Issue No 85||23 February 2001|
Liberals Claim Triumph in Queensland
Extracted from The Chaser
John Howard has claimed the Liberal Party's decimation in Western Australia and Queensland as a triumphant vindication of his party's embracing of the national competition policy.
"It's taken us several hard years, but we've finally starting to see the effects of globalisation," said Mr Howard. "By de-regulating the party, we're no longer have inefficient MPs propped up by tariffs and subsidies. We now have a leaner, more competitive Liberal Party."
When it was pointed out to Mr Howard that Labor would soon be likely to be in power in every government in the country, he replied "Yes, but that doesn't make them competitive, does it?"
"Besides, everyone knows a large majority leads of government into complacency and disaster. Actually, come to think of it, we wouldn't because we've never had one in our own right, but I'm sure it's the case."
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John Howard has claimed the Liberal Partyï¿½s decimation in Western Australia and Queensland as a triumphant vindication of his partyï¿½s embracing of the national competition policy.
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