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What did you promise Mr Whan?

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 965 Published: 27/5/2003 Title: What did you promise Mr Whan?

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, used a speech in Parliament on Monday (26/5/2003) to call on the new State Member for Monaro, Steve Whan, to publicly disclose details of his 11th hour preference deal with the Greens prior to the recent NSW election.

Mr Nairn stated in the House: Before the New South Wales state election on 22 March, I predicted in a media release that Carr was moving towards trying to set up a cosy preference deal with the Greens in Monaro.

It is with no pleasure that I can now say that I was right.

At the eleventh hour, after the Greens said that they would not do a preference deal with Labor in Monaro, there was a sudden turnaround.

A media release at the time from the Greens candidate said:

We are willing to preference the ALP if there is a public announcement that:

- No New South Wales native forest will be used for charcoal production or biomass burning; - There will be an immediate moratorium on logging in the CRPs already identified, being Deua, Badja, Nalbaugh, Cathcart, Monga, Wandella, Coolangubra, Murrah and Yurammie, a reduced logging regime for the Clyde River catchment, and a commitment to the creation of National Parks out of these CRPs within twelve months; -Recognises that woodchipping of native forests is both economically and environmentally unsustainable; -There will be a package for any timber workers displaced by the moratorium and the creation of these Parks which includes: -An option for Government buy-back of machinery; -Six months salary and/or immediate reemployment in the new Parks in restorative and maintenance areas.

Interestingly, we have not heard those sought-after assurances stated publicly.

But we do know the preference deal did occur, to the great advantage of the Labor candidate and now state member Steve Whan. It would be fair to say that this had a major impact on the final outcome of the election result in Monaro.

Mr Nairn asked,”what commitments did you make to the Greens Mr Whan?

“The people of Monaro deserve to know.” Ends…

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