ALP AWA pledge would hurt miningadmin
FEDERAL Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s promise to tear up AWAs if he wins the next election would be like taking a dagger to the throat of the Australian mining industry, Prime Minister John Howard said.
Speaking at the New South Wales Liberal Party state conference in Sydney today, Mr Howard said there would be one million AWAs in place by the next election.
But he said Mr Beazley’s guarantee that he would rip them up if Labor won would be destructive to Australian industries, especially to the mining industry.
“This will cause enormous damage,” Mr Howard said in his address.
“It will be a dagger to the throat of the Australian mining industry.”
Mr Howard said there was an “enormous source of wealth” in the mining industry, especially in Western Australia.
He warned Liberal Party voters not to underestimate the ALP, saying it was “always competitive” at a federal level.
“And if it does win the next election all the industrial reforms will be wiped out,” Mr Howard said.