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Oakes Oval announcement is pork barrelling

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Aniko Papp, South Lismore

I just saw an ad for Kevin Hogan (who is no doubt spending over $250,000 plus in electoral advertising on this election) about a $1.5 million pork barrel spend on a new stand at Oakes Oval.

Last Christmas about 20 workers in the social services sector in Lismore lost their jobs due to Federal funding cuts and over 15 houses were lost from the public housing list (mainly women) in Lismore.  Those lost wages for the sacked workers (say $1million) would have been spent mostly spent in Lismore (no new cars or holiday homes there) – all gone.  Those wages not spent on local services, food, cafes, etc.  Instead of $1m spent into the local economy- Hogan’s gift to us was cuts to DV services and housing to women and children. This is just one of many public services slashed by the LNP.

How will Hogan’s $1.5 million for new seats create jobs or services to our community ? This pork barrelling for a Hogan edifice at election time (the new seating will probably be called Hogan’s Hubris) instead of providing services to our community (let’s not go into beds for the new vacant wing of LBH or Gonksi funding for our public schools) is just beyond a joke…

 


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