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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 324


Mr CLEELAND —What nonsense. Let us get some pork-barrelling onto the table in this place today. Let us go to Victoria. Let us go to the state seat of Seymour. At a time when 50 rural hospitals in Victoria look like closing, when 79 rural schools are being closed, in the state seat held by Mrs Tehan, would you believe $2.1 million is to go to the Kilmore Hospital for 10 acute beds, there is an indirect promise to the Seymour Hospital of $5 million for an upgrade and $120,000 is to go to the Seymour Racing Club for new stables. If honourable members want to talk about pork-barrelling, they should come down to Victoria and see Liberal policy at work. They will see pork-barrelling like they have never seen before, and there is no logic. The Victorian government is prepared to close 50 rural hospitals elsewhere in the state, yet, when one walks into the electorate of the Victorian Minister for Health, bingo, up it comes—pork-barrelling. We will give the honourable member for Isaacs (Mr Atkinson) pork-barrelling!