Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swan Short on Promises; but Predicts Both Seats to Go Labor

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swan Short on Promises; but Predicts Both Seats to Go Labor

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Byline: Emma McBryde

He said it

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan addresses the hot topics

Australiaas finances

aThe greatest challenge for Australia at the moment, as it has been for the last six years, is the global economy and whatas happening elsewhere. On income distribution: aBasically weave done better than the rest of the world and ... in the last four or five years is that itas got a bit better than it was and that weave got one of the better outcomes of just about any developed country in the world.a

Gracemere Industrial Area

aWeave got a series of programs. We do have some regional development pocket money. (But) people have got to put in a cost business case. I think there is a program that it may fit into (for Federal Government funding).a Mr Swan said the Labor candidate for Capricornia, Councillor Peter Freeleagus, would look into suitable programs for funding.

Queensland Health

aItas diabolical ... weare putting more money into Queensland Health as (the Newman Government) are pulling out at the other end.a


Mr Swan said he felt the reaction to the Gillard governmentas proposed superannuation changes was auniversally gooda. aIf you go through all the peak super groups ... just about all of them have backed it. We also announced a new government reform, a group called the custodians of superannuation to sit above the political process.a Mr Swan said his own super would be affected by the changes, adding athatas the way it should bea.

Yeppen South Upgrade

aEarlier this year we put $5 million towards making the Yeppen South upgrade shovel ready. The upgrade of Yeppen South is clearly a key priority for the Bruce Highway and we're working towards getting it ready for construction as soon as possible.a Mr Swan said the government was waiting on the final design, planning and framework before making a final commitment, but that the governmentas attitude was favourable. …

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