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One rule for Kim Beazley, another for the rest of Australia.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of The Nationals

One Rule for Kim Beazley, Another for the Rest of Australia

A30/2005 9th March 2005

I notice in today’s Canberra Times that the Leader of the Opposition favours a child care centre in Parliament House.

While I have considerable sympathy for this view, I’m just wondering why Mr Beazley thinks it is appropriate that a child care centre should be publicly funded in his workplace and not one in Bourke, in my electorate.

This is yet another example of Mr Beazley walking both sides of the street. As we now know, he’s happy to write letters supporting Regional Partnerships funding for projects in the electorate of Brand, but anyone else doing the same elsewhere is rorting the public purse.

What exactly does Beazley Labor want? One day it wants the program shut down; the next it wants everyone to be able to apply for it. He says $29,000 in funding for a child care centre funding is wrong - because it is in Gwydir.

When community groups apply for Regional Partnerships in Labor electorates, the figures clearly show that approval rates are statistically the same as for applications from Coalition electorates. The level of ministerial intervention is extraordinarily low for a discretionary program - about 2.5 percent.

I would urge all members to support funding from this program for important projects in their local areas. Communities around Australia are strongly supportive of Regional Partnerships; Labor should get on board.

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