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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Martin Ferguson MP

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Transport, infrastructure,

Regional Services and Population

 

20 January 2000

 

TIME FOR ANDERSON TO LOOK BEHIND THE FIGURES RATHER

THAN BETWEEN THE SHEETS

 

Coalition MPs in region al and rural Australia need to stand up for the people in their electorates, Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Martin Ferguson, said today.

 

“These MPs are elected to represent people in their communities, but at the moment they are little more than apologists for the Federal Government’s neglect of regional and rural Australia,” Mr Ferguson said.

 

Mr Ferguson’s remarks followed the release of official regional labour market statistics, which show that unemployment has increased in 54 of Australia’s 76 statistical regions.

 

“Acting Prime Minister John Anderson tells people in regional and rural Australia that things have never been better, but the facts tell us that over 200 areas have double-digit unemployment.

 

Mr Ferguson also called on the following Coalition MPs to concentrate attention on their own electorates, where unemployment runs at over 25% above the national average:

 

NSW

Larry Anthony NP - Richmond)

Ian Causley (NP - Page)

Garry Nehl (NP - Cowper)

Mark Vaile (NP - Lyne)

 

Queensland

Paul Neville (NP - Hinkler)

Warren Truss (NP - Wide Bay)

Alex Somlyay (LP - Fairfax)

Peter Slipper (LP - Fisher)

Mal Brough (LP - Longman)

Margaret May (LP - McPherson)

Kathy Sullivan (LP — Moncrieff)

De-Anne Kelly (NP - Dawson)

 

Victoria

Peter McGauran (NP - Gippsland)

Michael Ronaldson (LP - Ballarat)

John Forrest (NP - Mallee)

 

 

South Australia

Barry Wakelin (LP - Grey)

Neil Andrew (LP - Wakefield)

 

“These MPs should be asked to explain why their communities continue to be neglected by the Coalition Governmen t, and why they have been so silent about it,” Mr Ferguson said.

 

Contact:  dimitri Derghis (02) 6277  4899 or 0418 310 410

 

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