MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
17 March 1999
MR BEAZLEY'S SPEECH AND THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION
The Leader of the Opposition's so called vision statement demonstrates a failure by Labor to understand the importance of the Asia Pacific region and Australia's role in the world.
Labor has become narrow and introverted. The Asian economic crisis is the worst economic crisis in our region for at least a generation yet Mr Beazley does not mention it. Once Asia was at the centre of Labor's concerns. Now it doesn't matter.
Mr Beazley's speech is also proof, if ever proof were needed, that Labor has no sincere interest in the issue of East Timor. If this were such an important issue to the Labor Party then obviously the leader of the Labor Party would refer to it in a vision statement about the future direction of Labor policy.
The failure to mention the Asian economic crisis, East Timor
and Australia's role in an increasingly inter-dependent world
simply demonstrates that the Labor Party has no policies and
Mr Beazley has no sense of direction.
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