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Bennelong or the bush?

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Media Statement - 12th November 2007

Bennelong Or The Bush?

Simon Crean

John Howard got misty-eyed about Australia's bush today during his campaign speech today. He said:

HOWARD: I want us to share the benefits of our prosperity to all of those who might otherwise feel excluded. I want rural Australia, our beloved bush to be an enduring part of the fabric of this nation, not only economically but socially. I've said it before and I'm proud to say it again, I can't imagine the Australian nation without the bush being an integral part of what it means to being an Australian.

During the first four weeks of the 2007 election campaign the closest Howard has come to the bush is Queanbeyan and Bribie Island. He still hasn't been to Tasmania or North Queensland.

But he’s been to Bennelong at least 6 times.

14/10/200741 ACT/PH NA Parl House

15/10/200740 ACT/PH NA Parl House

16/10/200739 NSW Eden Monaro Ryleho - factory 17/10/200738 QLD NA Military Funeral

17/10/200738 QLD Moreton Visit small business Haulmark Trailers, Rocklea 18/10/200737 QLD Griffith Greenslopes Private Hospital

18/10/200737 QLD Longman Bribie Island

19/10/200736 NSW Reid Vittoria coffee factory Silverwater

19/10/200736 NSW Lindsay St. Marys

20/10/200735 NSW Bennelong Granny Smith Festival in Eastwood 20/10/200735 NSW Lowe Olympic Stadium Homebush

21/10/200734 ACT/PH NA Great Hall Parliament House

22/10/200733 ACT/PH NA Jt Press Conf with Costello Parl. House

22/10/200733 SA Wakefield Heynes Nursery

23/10/200732 SA Kingston Morphett Vale Memorial Bowling Club 24/10/200731 SA Adelaide Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace, Adelaide 24/10/200731 WA Stirling Doorstop in Perth

24/10/200731 WA Stirling Herb Graham Recreation and Fitness Centre, Perth 25/10/200730 WA Hasluck Announcement made next to Roe Highway 26/10/200729 WA Fremantle ?

27/10/200728 NSW Parramatta Campaign office of Lib candidate Colin Robinson 28/10/200727 NSW NA Hung out at Kirribilli. Sunday interview as well

29/10/200726 NSW Bennelong Visits Royal Rehabilitation Centre Ryde 29/10/200726 VIC La Trobe/Aston St Joseph's College, Ferntree Gully 30/10/200725 VIC McEwen Black Widow 4WD Storage systems, Gisborne 30/10/200725 VIC McEwen Howard takes street walk in Gisborne 31/10/200724 VIC Deakin Blackburn Clinic

1/11/200723 VIC La Trobe/McMillan Station Street Clinic, Pakenham 2/11/200722 WA NA Attending funeral for SAS soldier Matthew Locke

3/11/200721 NT Solomon Royal Darwin Hospital

4/11/200720 NSW Bennelong St Charles Borromeo Parish,Ryde 4/11/200720 NSW Grayndler Visits Leichhardt Oval

4/11/200720 NSW NA Announcement made in Commonwealth offices

5/11/200719 NSW Robertson Archer Enterprises, Somersby 5/11/200719 NSW Robertson Erina Fair shopping centre 6/11/200718 NSW Bennelong West Ryde Hotel

6/11/200718 NSW Bennelong Melbourne Cup Liberal function Epping RSL 7/11/200717 QLD NA Press Conference in hotel re interest rate rise

7/11/200717 QLD Bonner Mr T's Tinnies boat shop

8/11/200716 VIC NA IPA Address in the morning

8/11/200716 VIC NA Joint Press Conference with Peter Costello

9/11/200715 NSW ? Dunn & Farrugia, Penrith

9/11/200715 NSW Lindsay Walk through Penrith Plaza

10/11/200714 NSW Lindsay Penrith Regional Sports Centre

11/11/200713 ACT NA AWM remembrance day ceremony

11/11/200713 NSW Bennelong ??

12/11/200712 QLD NA Campaign launch in Brisbane