When Labor is Having a Bad WeekJuly 9, 2000
Press Conference Melbourne: Della Bosca, tax reform, Westpac SurveyJuly 12, 2000
Della Bosca Exposes Beazley and Crean
John Della Bosca, the Beazley candidate to be the next President of the ALP, has
dramatically exposed the fraud and futility of the campaign waged against tax reform by
his Federal leader Kim Beazley, and Mr Simon Crean.
Mr Della Bosca has rolled over Mr Beazley and Mr Crean, by acknowledging tax reform has
been accepted by Australians as in the nations best interests and that a rollback of
the GST would only increase complexity.
It is time for Mr Beazley and Mr Crean to concede their campaign has failed, that they
were wrong to embark on it, and that it would be stupid to continue it.
Mr Della Boscas comments, as reported on tonights Channel 9 news by Laurie
Oakes, shows there are at least some people in the Labor Party prepared to face reality
and deal with it.
Mr Della Bosca is reputedly one of the shrewdest strategists in the Labor Party.
He tried unsuccessfully more than a year ago to convince Mr Beazley to abandon his
campaign of negative whinging against tax reform.
Mr Beazley should have listened to him then, but it is not too late. He should do the
right thing by his Party and by the Australian people. He should give up the cheap
opportunism and commit himself to doing the right thing to support the tax reform
that Australia has needed for so long.
11 July 2000