The Liberal Party again had shown its contempt for working men and women in its criticism over the appointment of a trade unionist to the Western Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Minister Pam Beggs said today.
"The Liberals have claimed the appointment of Miscellaneous Workers' Union secretary Helen Creed to the commission was an attempt to help the union take over the liquor trades in WA," Mrs Beggs said.
"That claim is an absolute nonsense and reflects the Liberals' attitude that would exclude working men and women and their representatives from any involvement in developing this State's industries, such as tourism."
Mrs Beggs said Liberal Peter Foss had been paranoid about Ms Creed's appointment ever since he found out about it three months after it was announced.
"Ms Creed was appointed to the commission because of her expertise in industrial matters, not because of the amalgamations that may or may not take place within the union movement," she said.
"The State Government is keen that workers and employers in the tourism industry can introduce enterprise-based agreements that will result in greater productivity without eroding workers' conditions.
"This is in stark contrast to the Opposition, which wants to introduce `take or no pay' contracts without regard to people's rights."
Mrs Beggs also said the Liberals' claim that the tourism industry supported the goods and services tax was a furphy in the extreme.
"All the leading tourism industry associations have rejected the Liberals' tax regime that would see families on holidays paying 15 per cent more for accommodation, including camping ground fees and other basic services," she said.