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Shadow Regional Services and Local Government Minister attacks Coalition's neglect of Adelaide's suburbs.



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Wednesday, 18 July 2001

Shadow Regional Services And Local Government Minister Attacks Coalition's Neglect Of Adelaide's Suburbs Sue Mackay - Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Media Statement - 17 July 2001

Labor's Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Sue Mackay, will highlight the Federal Government's neglect of Adelaide's suburbs in her visit to South Australia this week.

Senator Mackay, whose trip includes the marginal electorates of Makin and Hindmarsh, said: "Areas such as these are litmus tests for the coming election.

"Like Aston in Victoria, which saw a big swing away from the Coalition in the by-election on Saturday, they are the classic suburban regions that have been missing out under the Howard Government.

"I look forward to meeting community leaders and other residents of the area, along with Labor candidates such as Julie Woodman in Makin and Steve Georganas in Hindmarsh, who I know will make highly capable Members of Parliament.

"I will also be meeting with Jim Murphy, Labor's candidate for Boothby, Tim Stanley, who is campaigning for the seat of Adelaide, and in the electorate of Sturt, candidate Lindsay Simmons.

"As grassroots candidates, they know the problems people face under the Coalition, unlike this out-of-touch Federal Government," Senator Mackay said.

"I, like other members of Labor's Federal team, have spent the last three years travelling around Australia listening to the views of Australians. I know that people feel cheated and let down by the Howard Government.

"They have been hit hard by the GST, petrol prices and cuts to education and health.

"Even one of the Government's own, Bob Charles, the Liberal Member for the seat of La Trobe in Melbourne, recently drew the Coalition's attention to the plight of the suburbs.

"In a recent speech in Parliament he chronicled his own Government's failure in areas such as health, transport, telecommunications, crime, education and infrastructure. The Howard Government has done nothing to address these issues since coming to office.

"And as for Telstra, this Government will sell the remaining 51 per cent - it's in the Budget papers. Australia Post is under threat too, because the Government plans to fully deregulate it, just as it plans to fully privatise Telstra.

"Labor, on the other hand, will not sell the remaining 51 per cent of Telstra.

"And Labor will give Australia Post a central role under a Beazley Government as a platform for the delivery of services, including emerging digital data services. This will help restore services to the suburbs that have suffered under the Coalition.

"Our plan will ensure that:

Australia Post remains in public hands; ● No further deregulation of Australia's postal industry would occur; ● Australia Post would continue to provide current postal, retail and financial services, including Giropost and Internet bill paying services; ●

and, Australia Post would play a critical role as a platform for the delivery of services, including emerging digital data services. ●

"Just as the local post office has been a gathering point for people as they collect and send their mail, it can become a hub for new services, and remain a point of focus in the Australian community," Senator Mackay said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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