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Cheryl Kernot MP

Shadow Minister for Regional Development,

Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Services



19 February 1999




Cheryl Kernot, Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Infras tructure, Transport the Regional Services, described an attack on her today by John Anderson, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, as “a thinly disguised attempt to deflect criticism away from the downgrading of regional responsibility within his portfolio.


“He seems to have just realised he has created a huge credibility problem for himself by handing over policy and administrative responsibility for all regional programs to his junior Minister and this is his way of trying to deflect Opposition criticism.


“Contrary to Mr Anderson’s remarks, I have a strong record of concern for rural and regional communities across many areas, For example, I was supporting those communities throughout Queensland at the start of the rural crisis in the early 1990s, as many people in rural and regional Queensland remember and tell me on my visits there.”


Ms Kernot is in Newcastle today, launching a new scholarship aimed at improving access to tertiary education for disadvantaged regional students and attending the opening of Yallarwah Place, an accommodation centre for indigenous families from throughout the region with children in hospital.


“The answer to John Anderson’s question ‘where’s Cheryl’ is: out in regional Australia talking about education and health care.”


For comment: Jacqui Flitcroft — (02) 6277 4328 or 0419 395 705