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Senator calls for transparency in Centaur search.



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Senator Russell Trood Liberal Senator for Queensland

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Senator Russell Trood Liberal Senator for Queensland

Senator calls for transparency in Centaur search

Queensland Senator, Russell Trood, today called for the Bligh Government to stop sidelining the Centaur Association from representing friends and family on a government committee formed to find the Centaur.

“The Centaur Association deserves a seat on the committee,” Senator Trood said.

“Not only do many members of the Centaur Association have close emotional ties to the sinking of the ship, but the Association has worked tirelessly for many years to find support for a search.”

“This is a $4 million project, the whole process should be transparent,” Senator Trood said.

Senator Trood also expressed concern that the media was also being shut out of the process.

“The Courier Mail played a major role in garnering public support for a search.”

“Labor Governments are habitually making big promises that end up getting bogged down in red tape,” Senator Trood said.

“I hope that the search is not being used to gain brownie points before the State election.”

Senator Trood has a particular interest in this issue because his late father was a part of the 2/12th Field Ambulance, which lost many members on the Centaur.

But for a serious illness Senator Trood’s father would have, in all likelihood, also been lost with the hospital ship.

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13 JANUARY 2009