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Labor caught out again on funding.



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Thu, 5th June 2008 LABOR CAUGHT OUT AGAIN ON FUNDING

The Hon Pat Farmer MP Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport

Shadow Minister for Sport and Federal Member for Macarthur Pat Farmer MP, said Labor were either deceiving the public, or had no idea what they were doing by failing to demonstrate details of grants, such as the $20.8 million 'Sport and Recreation facilities - contribution to funding' program announced in the 2008 Budget.

''It is astonishing that after Kevin Rudd's constant rhetoric about openness, accountability and transparency, the Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, would defy her leader, and fail to provide the list of funding so it can undergo public scrutiny'' said Mr Farmer.

Kate Ellis stated the program ''delivers on the Government's election commitments'', but after requesting this list formally through the Senate Estimates process, Labor are still failing to disclose the full 91 projects.

''Kate Ellis should come clean with the list of sporting organisations immediately, and provide details of how these projects were selected, and importantly, which projects are missing out'' said Mr Farmer.

''Interestingly, in a press release dated the 21st of May, the Minister announced $850,000 for the Labor held marginal seat of Deakin - without stipulating whether or not this constitutes an 'election commitment' or where this funding was coming from'' he said.

''Five of the 91 projects are listed in the Budget Papers, but the other 86 projects seem to be missing in action'' said Mr Farmer. ''And if Anthony Albanese's lists are anything to go by, you can bet these are all in marginal Labor seats'' he said.

''Maybe Kate Ellis should listen to her leader, rather than following the example of Anthony Albanese. The Minister should get the list off the whiteboard, and provide details of funding to the public'' said Mr Farmer.