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Martin Ferguson - Labor Will Put An End To City-Centric Cabinet

http://www.alp.org.au//media/1101/mfmsrcp051101.html Tuesday, 06 November 2001

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Labor Will Put An End To City-Centric Cabinet Martin Ferguson - Shadow Minister for Regional Development

Media Statement - 5 November 2001

Labor will hold regular Cabinet meetings in regional Australia, putting an end to the city-centric approach of the Howard-Costello Government.

Labor's Regional Cabinets Program is modelled on the Beattie Government's successful Community Cabinets program and offers a clear alternative.

Labor understands that people in regional Australia are calling for a different style of leadership - one that listens to their views, concerns and ideas.

Our Regional Cabinets will bring senior Ministers closer to the people they represent, in an effort to improve the mutual understanding between ordinary citizens and their national government.

There will also be an opportunity for local people to take up their concerns directly with senior Government Ministers.

Residents and representatives of community groups will be able to meet Ministers to discuss local issues, concerns and ideas.

The Howard-Costello Government has taken a promise of regular regional cabinet meetings to the last three elections, including this one.

Unfortunately for the Liberals and Nationals, people in regional Australia no longer believe them.

The fact is that the city-centric Howard-Costello Government has met outside our capital cities just twice since the last election. In this time, there have been 17 meetings in the capital cities.

This is a government that only looks after the big end of town.

Labor will address the needs of all Australians and will take the needs of people in regional Australia seriously.