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The regional rorts roll on - Jimbour Amphitheatre.

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Media Release

Kelvin Thomson MP Shadow Minister for Public Accountability; Shadow Minister for Human Services Federal Member for Wills

12 August 2005

The regional rorts roll on - Jimbour Amphitheatre

It has been revealed today a property owned by National Party Presidential aspirant David Russell received $157,000 of taxpayer’s money thanks to De-Anne Kelly and the all-singing, all-dancing Regional Partnerships slush fund.

The National Party has again been caught out ‘giving the bird’ to Australian taxpayers - plundering the public purse for the benefit of its friends and supporters.

Jimbour is a 4451-hectare grazing and grape growing property featuring a grand, late-nineteenth century homestead that is located near Dalby in south west Queensland. It has been owned by the Russell family since the 1920’s.

In the lead up to the last federal election, Mrs Kelly’s largesse was disbursed generously to National Party-linked projects across the length and breadth of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

The A2 Milk project on the Atherton Tablelands, the dredging of Tumbi Creek, Beaudesert Rail and now the Jimbour Amphitheatre projects have all benefited from the Howard Government’s cavalier approach to public money.

It is stark evidence of how out of touch the Howard Government is with the community’s expectation that public money will be invested in accordance with sound accountability and governance standards.

Having spent her time as Parliamentary Secretary mismanaging regional program expenditure, it is no surprise that Mrs Kelly’s administration of Veteran’s Affairs is characterised by incompetent portfolio administration.

/Ends Melbourne 12/08/2005 Contact: Cora Trevarthen 0418/770484