Let's not get rid of the IR 'fair go', says Rudd

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Let's not get rid of the IR 'fair go', says Rudd

New Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has confirmed his opposition to the Howard government's new workplace relations policy, saying Australia can still 'have a strong economy but not get rid of the great Australian fair go'.

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New Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has confirmed his opposition to the Howard government's new workplace relations policy, saying Australia can still 'have a strong economy but not get rid of the great Australian fair go'.

Rudd labelled the Government's policies as extreme, and launched three questions on them to Prime Minister Howard in yesterday's Parliamentary question time.

Rudd also asked voters to contact his office directly to help his front bench develop alternative policies to the Government.

'We in politics don't have a monopoly on wisdom,' Rudd said. 'You pick up a whole lot of information and good ideas from the community who are at the coalface.'

Time to restore the balance

Rudd said that Howard, with control of the Senate and 'absolute power in his hands', had adopted a series of extreme policies and it was time to restore the balance.

'What I'll be doing over the next six months is outlining a series of alternative policies for Australia's future,' he said.

'What I intend to do is to come up with a new series of policies for the country's future on schools, on hospitals, on things that count in people's lives, so that they'll be able to look at it and say, “actually I understand the commonsense on which that's based, it deserves a fair go and it actually means something for me”.'

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