Com­mu­nity ral­lies on Cat­e­gory D

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Sharon Small­wood sharon.small­wood@whit­sun­day­

“WE NEED more money from Canberra. And less talk­ing from Ja­son Costi­gan,” La­bor can­di­date for Whit­sun­day Bron­wyn Taha told the small crowd protest­ing out­side the Whit­sun­day MP’s Proser­pine of­fice last week.

Mr Costi­gan re­torted by say­ing his ri­val was “delu­sional, mixed up, con­fused” about the po­lit­i­cal stoush be­tween the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments.

“This is Canberra dud­ding us,” he said.

“She needs to get a map out, find out where (Fed­eral MP) Ge­orge (Chris­tensen’s) of­fice is and go and have her lit­tle cir­cus out­side his place.”

But Ms Taha re­jected this no­tion.

“I know that he’s the State MP, I know it doesn’t sit with him, but he’s the voice for our com­mu­nity right now and he needs to do ev­ery­thing he can to get this full fund­ing re­leased,” she said.

On learn­ing that Mr Costi­gan had writ­ten to the Prime Min­is­ter about Cat­e­gory D fund­ing for the re­gion that day, Ms Taha said the test would be “whether or not these are just words or if the LNP will ac­tu­ally match the fund­ing of the Palaszczuk La­bor Govern­ment that our re­gion so des­per­ately needs”.


COM­MU­NITY PROTEST: Bron­wyn Taha leads a protest over Cat­e­gory D fund­ing out­side Mem­ber for Whit­sun­day Ja­son Costi­gan’s of­fice last week.

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