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October 23, 2021

Tweed MP challenged to speak out on funding cuts

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I wonder what Tweed MP Geoff Provest has to say about the Federal Liberal and National Party Government’s cuts to state funding? Mr Provest is responsible for services such as health and the Tweed hospital, disability and emergency services, public housing, public transport, police, TAFE, schools and preschools in the Tweed electorate. The cuts will place these services under severe financial stress, force the sale of public assets and drive the states to support the raising of the GST.

The price on carbon, which would have been spent promoting the jobs of the future and financially coping with climate disasters, is to be scrapped. All this on top of new federal taxes aimed at the less fortunate in our society.

The scare-mongering about a budget emergency has beyond a doubt been proven to be a false argument.

In one of the many expensive National Party mail-outs I have received it states that Mr Provest deals with land and water. Yet the National Party are promoting the roll-out of unconventional and coal seam gas mining in the Northern Rivers.

Mr Provest also states in large print in all his mail-outs that he is 100 per cent for Tweed. If that is the case I call upon him to resign from the National Party and announce himself to be an independent so he can work 100 per cent for the benefit of the Tweed rather than having to toe the National Party line.

David Norris, Pottsville.


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