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Hunter residents let down by Baldwin.

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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEMBER FOR HUNTER ______________________________________________________

5 February 2009


The Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin has today let down the people of the Hunter. This morning, Mr Baldwin voted against the allocation of:

• Millions of dollars to upgrade our local primary and secondary schools. • Millions of dollars for local roads projects. • Tax breaks for local small businesses and farmers. • A Back to School Bonus to help with those with children returning to

school. • Financial assistance to individuals and families. • A new scheme to promote energy efficiency in homes.

“By joining with his Liberal and National colleagues to oppose the Government’s economic stimulus package, the Member for Paterson is denying the Hunter’s economy a much needed boost in the face of the global financial crisis,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Rudd Governments $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan will support jobs and invest in future long term economic growth.

“The Governments $42 billion economic package is necessary to inject stimulus into the Hunter economy,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The package includes:

• One off cash payments of up to $950 to eligible families, single workers, students, drought affected farmers and others; • The construction or upgrade of one building in every primary school and some secondary schools in the Hunter; • Important environmental initiatives, notably free ceiling insulation for

around 2.7 million homes across Australia; • Significant increase of funding for local community infrastructure and local roads projects. • Back to School bonus for families of $950 to help with the costs of kids

returning to school.

“The Government has acted quickly and decisively in response to the global financial crisis and Mr Baldwin is delaying critical long-term infrastructure projects for the Hunter,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“If the Opposition is successful in blocking the package in the Senate, the result will be devastating for employment in the Hunter, and for the Australian economy.”

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