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Who is rorting the system?

Posted by Jim on October 31, 2010

At the last Federal election the Liberal National parties made a huge play on voters regarding the number of school buildings being built under the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program. They claimed there was massive rorting of the system.

On Thursday this week the Coalition failed in its bid to pass several motions against the Government to establish a judicial inquiry into this program.

Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne didn’t even turn up to vote on his own bill to force a judicial inquiry into the Government’s schools building program.

Where is the integrity of this man and his party?

I attended a David Helfgott concert recently in their new school hall built through the BER program at the Christian College and I didn’t hear anyone there complain of this great asset for the community.

St Patrick’s College have a new science wing as no doubt all other schools in our area have positively benefited from this scheme.

Builders and associated businesses were able to maintain workers at a time of global uncertainty. Our community wasn’t dragged down into an unemployment vortex that Mr Pyne and his coalition partners would have had us go through.

No doubt there will be those who say where ‘will the money come from’ to pay for this. Without having access to Treasury data I can’t respond, but one project alone the Chevron Gorgon Project in WA is projected to bring in $50billion to the Australian economy over the next 40 years. One would hope that this one project alone would assist balancing the books.

Are people cynical of politicians?

We have proposed coalmines on our doorstep, coal seam gas projects and potential devastation of some of Australia’s best farmlands.

Is Mr Truss and the coalition or Labor responding to these concerns within the electorate. No!

Kent Hutton, Letter to Editor, Gympie Times, 29 October 2010

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