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ALP should apologise to Bombala residents.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 546 Published: 5/11/2001 Title: ALP SHOULD APOLOGISE TO BOMBALA RESIDENTS

With only a few days to go before the General Election, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, has warned Bombala residents to be on the lookout for the usual ALP empty promises that surface at election time.

Gary Nairn was referring to the half dozen or more announcements by Labor over the past 6 (six) years with respect to the new softwood mill.

“Labor announcements were made prior to the 1996 and 1998 Federal Elections and the 1999 State Election, all promising huge investment and hundreds of jobs,” he said.

“In addition there have been a number of announcements with respect to a start of construction with the current ALP candidate in Eden-Monaro having announced that work was to commence in November last year.

“But what has Bombala got from all of these promises,? Absolutely nothing except for a sign on a vacant block of land,” Gary Nairn said.

“The tragedy is that the valuable softwood resource which is effectively owned by the NSW taxpayer, has been locked up in secret agreements controlled by the NSW Government.

“As a result a number of keen and reputable companies have not been able to access the resource,” he explained.

“Questions need to be asked of the ALP Candidate in Eden-Monaro as to the cost to the taxpayer to of having these secret agreements?”

“The people of Bombala have been badly misled and the ALP should apologise, Gary Nairn demanded.

“Clearly an Inquiry ought to be initiated into the various Memoranda of Understanding entered into by the NSW Government in relation to the softwood resource at Bombala.”

Gary Nairn said if the ALP hurriedly announce any developments during the last days of the

election campaign, Bombala residents should reject it as yet another attempt to buy votes.