Fed­eral fund­ing fight for Flynn

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Na­tion­als and La­bor have ramped up the rhetoric in the elec­torate of Flynn be­fore the Fed­eral Elec­tion, with Ken O’Dowd MP and La­bor can­di­date Zac Beers both re­leas­ing state­ments claim­ing peo­ple of the Bur­nett will be bet­ter off un­der them.

In health, Mr O’Dowd’s of­fice said it was a “fal­lacy” that there had been fund­ing cuts to hos­pi­tals in Flynn and that the Coali­tion would be de­liv­er­ing $2.2 bil­lion more to Queens­land hos­pi­tals in 2019 com­pared to La­bor in their last year in gov­ern­ment in 2012–13.

They ac­cused the state La­bor gov­ern­ment of “putting pol­i­tics be­fore pa­tients” and im­plored them to sign up to the lat­est five-year fund­ing agree­ment, which will de­liver “more doc­tors, more nurses and more ser­vices”.

Mean­while, La­bor can­di­date for Flynn

Zac Beers chose to fo­cus on La­bor’s ed­u­ca­tion cre­den­tials, ac­cus­ing Mr O’Dowd of “missed op­por­tu­ni­ties” for peo­ple in the Bur­nett.

He said un­der La­bor’s Fair Go for Pub­lic Schools plan, Flynn would gain an ad­di­tional $27,980,000 over three years, in­clud­ing $2,140,000 for pub­lic schools in the North Bur­nett, rang­ing from $420,000 for Bur­nett State Col­lege down to $30,000 for Bin­jour Plateau State School.

Both sides are claim­ing “record” ex­tra fund­ing.

MONEY MAT­TERS: Both sides claim record ex­tra fund­ing.

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