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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

10 February 2005

Beazley condemns Commonwealth funds for WA

Federal Labor Leader Kim Beazley has labelled a Commonwealth program - which is delivering funding for the Rockingham Beach Waterfront project, Cape Peron marina, Port Kennedy wetlands and the Mandurah foreshore in his own electorate of Brand - a "disgrace".

The total amount of Commonwealth funding allocated to these projects in Brand is $847,000.

In Parliament yesterday, Mr Beazley said:

"Every element of this program is a disgrace - every single element of it is."
(Hansard, House of Representatives, Wednesday 9 February 2005)

Clearly Mr Beazley does not want:

All of these worthy projects have strong local and community support - but no support from Mr Beazley.

Given Mr Beazley is now a Sydney resident, is this a case of out of sight, out of mind?

Under the Regional Partnerships program, projects in Labor electorates received almost $20 million of the $57 million Federal Government program. Projects in Coalition electorates (of which there are a majority) received $27 million, while $11 million went to electorates held by independent MPs.

Media contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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