Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

PM Rejects Pork Barrel Accusations

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

PM Rejects Pork Barrel Accusations

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PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has rejected suggestions the government has concentrated its resources on marginal seats.

Asked if voters in safe seats were missing out, the prime minister pointed to the $16 billion school building program and GP super clinics as examples of resources being spread evenly.

C[pounds sterling]We could have put that in places we thought were politically sensitive; we didn't do that,C[yen] she told the National Press Club yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]We said, Cylet's benefit every school in the country' and that's what we've done.C[yen]

Ms Gillard said it was fashionable to be cynical about where GP super clinics or trade training centres had been built or promised.

C[pounds sterling]Whether mum and dad vote Liberal or mum and dad vote Labor, or whether they equivocate between, children in that school get the benefit of a trades training centre,C[yen] she said.

The Prime Minister compared Labor's approach to the Howard government's discredited regional partnership program, which funnelled money into Coalition seats. …

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