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Don't be conned by Mr Rudd.



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M e d i a R e l e a s e

MAL BROUGH MP

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs

25 October 2007

Don’t be conned by Mr Rudd

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said volunteers should not be conned by today’s announcement by Mr Rudd regarding funding for community organisations.

Mr Brough said the ALP was trying to hoodwink volunteers into thinking they will be getting largesse through petrol vouchers.

“This is more ‘me-too’ from Kevin Rudd. This is a Coalition program which has assisted over 29,000 volunteer organisations over the last six years,” Mr Brough said.

“Mr Rudd’s promise of petrol vouchers is a con. Even if you spent every dollar of Mr Rudd’s funding on petrol Australia’s estimated 5 million volunteers would get less than $5.

“If all Mr Rudd’s funding was spent on petrol there would be no money left. This means that organisations would no longer have the opportunity to purchase the equipment currently funded under the program such as microwaves, cooking utensils, safety equipment and sporting equipment.

“Today’s announcement follows in the Labor mould throughout this campaign of trying to look new and fresh, and holding out false hope without adding anything of substance.

“There is nothing new and fresh about this - it’s really just smoke and mirrors.”

Minister’s media contact: Suzanne Ferguson 0448 829 068