THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
SENATOR DON FARRELL
SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
REGIONAL AUSTRALIANS DUDDED BY MCCORMACK & MORRISON
The Morrison-McCormack Coalition Government rorts from the head down.
Michael McCormack, as Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party, claims his focus is on regional Australia.
Mr McCormack tells and tells his party colleagues and regional Australians that he’s doing a good job, yet when he had the chance to invest $150 million of taxpayers’ money in regional Australia, he failed.
According to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development’s Incoming Government Briefing, $150 million for the so-called Female Facilities & Water Safety Stream was appropriated under Budget Program 3.1 – Regional Development.
The briefing listed regional and remote communities as the key stakeholders.
But the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development didn’t even get to announce funding.
Instead Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie said in their media release that it would be an “investment in female change rooms, facility upgrades and swimming pools across the country”.
That didn’t happen.
Less than $10 million out of that $150 million fund was allocated to projects in rural electorates and only four of 16 Nationals-held electorates across the country got anything at all, while projects in Liberal-held, non-rural seats got nearly $110 million.
If Michael McCormack is leading anything, he’s leading regional Australia into a future where it continues to get dudded while Scott Morrison invests hundreds of millions of dollars to cling to inner-city Liberal-held electorates.
SUNDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2020