More Labor Pork Barrelling

7 Sep

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 7 September 2011:

RDA fund more about pork than policy

Labor has granted almost two-thirds of the regional development funds to Labor electorates, or to electorates which have supported a Labor Government, even though Labor holds just over one third of the seats in regional Australia.

Today Simon Crean announced the successful projects under the Regional Development Australia fund two months later than originally promised.

Labor has given two-thirds of the funds to one-third of the seats. According to the parliamentary library Labor holds 23 out of the 62 non-metropolitan seats.

The reason they have done this is because they are financially rewarding their members in their seats with your money.

Maybe that is to be expected but maybe they should be upfront about it.

Labor has taken their partisan view of politics to regional Australia, rather than do what is honourable and egalitarian, they have been parochial.

I suppose it is not that surprising but it is disappointing and I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Mr Windsor and Mr Oakeshott to complain about it.

I just hope this is not the price for the support of Labor members in Mr Crean’s leadership pitch.

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– Matthew Canavan 0458 709433

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