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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
31 January 2005
Kim Beazley's decision to desert Western Australia and base himself in the eastern states 80 per cent of the time has drawn a sharp rebuke from WA Senator Ian Campbell today.
Senator Campbell said he was stunned by Mr Beazley's plans, reported today in the Adelaide Advertiser :
The Perth-based Labor-leader will begin hunting for an apartment at Easter and is expected to spend about 80 per cent of his time in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
(The Adelaide Advertiser, 31 January 2005, p23)
"In the past, Mr Beazley has professed to be a champion of WA's interests. Today he brought the lie to that claim. This is a betrayal of the people of Western Australia," Senator Campbell said.
"How does Mr Beazley claim he will be able to promote WA's interests when he is missing in action in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne?
"This strategy means that he will only spend Christmas, Easter and the occasional public holiday in WA, with the bulk of business hours spent on the eastern seaboard," he said.
Kim Beazley claims that he represents a clear break from the disastrous Latham leadership of Labor, but by his actions he will clearly continue Mr Latham's neglect of WA.
"This attitude is a disgrace. Mr Beazley's shift to the eastern states is short-changing the people of WA. It's a sign of weakness that he's bowed to the bullying of the faceless factional warlords who installed him in the leadership," Senator Campbell said.
"If Geoff Gallop wasn't so indecisive he would ring Mr Beazley and tell him that the people of WA deserve better."
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434