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Federal Member for Jagajaga

Shadow Minister for Health

23 March 1999




Shadow Health Minister, Jenny Macklin says the Prime Minister has thrown away the mantle of bipartisanship and openly politi cised the allocation of drug treatment grants.


“While some areas under enormous pressure from drug taking were overlooked, the Health Minister’s seat of Casey has benefited from two grants totalling over $1 million for services in the Yarra Valley which is not a noted hotspot for drug taking.


“On radio last Friday the Prime Minister emphasised the role he and Dr Wooldridge had had in personally approving these grants.


“Today, Dr Wooldridge took credit, saying his own “ good representation” on behalf of his constituents had assisted in obtaining these grants.


“This is a breach of his duties as a Minister to distribute funds fairly and according to need.


For further information: Andrew Herington 014 573 504

Jenny Macklin 0419 593 622