Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Safe Seats Whacked in Pre-Poll Largesse

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Safe Seats Whacked in Pre-Poll Largesse

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Byline: Adam Wratten

IS ROCKHAMPTON missing out on millions of dollars in federal funding promises?

A political analyst and economics expert yesterday suggested the focus of the major political parties on marginal seats, like the Mackay-based Dawson and Gladstone-based Flynn could be coming at a cost to those in safe seats, like Capricornia.

Capricornia's incumbent representative, Labor's Kirsten Livermore, enjoys a large majority and it would take a massive swing against the Government for her to lose the seat to the LNP's Michelle Landry.

So far none of the leaders of either major party have touched down in Rockhampton this election campaign.

Meanwhile, in the past week Tony Abbot has announced $30m for a ring road study at Mackay, which was $20m more than what Treasurer Wayne Swan offered a few days earlier.

The LNP's commitment came on top of one for $5m for the Mackay Showgrounds.

It's been a similar story in Flynn.

Yesterday, CQUniversity professor in regional economic development John Rolfe said it appeared more attention and funding announcements were being made in marginal seats. …

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