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Ferguson out of touch with our community and his Treasurer.

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Media Release Senator Helen Polley Labor Senator for Tasmania


Ferguson out of touch with our community and his Treasurer

Treasurer Peter Costello's recent announcement of so-called anti-hooning measures for Launceston and George Town show that the Howard Government and Bass Liberal candidate Michael Ferguson have lost touch with our community.

Labor Senator for Tasmania Helen Polley said grants promised this week by Mr Costello have been rejected by Launceston City Council Mayor Ivan Dean and George Town Mayor Doug Burt.

"Mayor Dean is reported to have strongly rejected claims by Mr Costello that anti-social and criminal behaviour is a major concern in the city," Senator Polley said. "And Mayor Burt is reported to have said anti-social behaviour is not a problem in his town either.

"Worse, both councils say they had not been consulted or contacted before the announcement was made.

"This Liberal scheme shows that Michael Ferguson is not only out of touch with our community, but is also misrepresenting our community and providing bad advice to senior Howard government ministers.

"The fact the Treasurer made such a policy gaffe on the advice of Mr Ferguson will not strengthen their already poor relationship, and does not bode well if Mr Ferguson is re-elected and if Mr Costello becomes Prime Minister.

"We all know Mr Costello cannot stand Prime Minister John Howard or his followers who include Mr Ferguson. Mr Ferguson is already a weak voice for our community within the Howard Government. How much less will he be able to achieve for northern Tasmania if he and the government are re-elected and if Mr Costello becomes Prime Minister?" Senator Polley said.

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