Deputy PM insists Gladstone is not being short-changed
FEDERAL Treasurer Wayne Swan's visit to Gladstone was aimed at ramping up Labor support for the coming election - but he failed to shore up any new funding for the region.
Local councillors recently expressed their disappointment after Gladstone missed out on consecutive rounds of Regional Development Australia funding, but the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday insisted Gladstone was not being short-changed.
"This region has had very substantial Federal Government investment over the past five years and there will be more investment in the five years ahead when the government is re-elected," he said.
Mr Swan toured construction of the $150million Calliope crossroads upgrade, which is a federal project.
Later on, Labor candidate for Flynn Chris Trevor announced the intended new name of the intersection.
"I thought the best way to recognise Gladstone was to name the Calliope Crossroads after the late Cyril Golding," Mr Trevor said.
As part of the tour, Mr Swan was determined to highlight the achievements of the former Flynn MP.
But when asked why locals should vote for Mr Trevor, as polls suggest an LNP win in September's election, Mr Swan deflected the question.
"Isn't it really disrespectful the way in which everybody is calling the outcome of the next federal election based on opinion polls, months and months away from the election," Mr Swan said.
"I think this discussion that we see every day in the newspapers is bizarre. I think we ought to respect the views of the Australian people."
Mr Swan also visited the $11million GP Super Clinic development, a 2007 election promise from Mr Trevor which includes $5.5million of federal funds.