Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Lilley deserves better than Swan

The federal electorate of Lilley had benefited greatly under a Coalition Government despite having a local member who is extremely negative in everything he says and does regarding this Government.

“Wayne Swan has taken negativity to new heights,” the Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony said today. Mr Anthony was speaking at the Chermside Centrelink office in the electorate of Lilley.

“Since the Coalition Government was elected, substantial funding has gone into Lilley in Government funded programs.

“This is during a time when the local member has done nothing else but complain, whinge and carp about federal Government initiatives in Lilley and elsewhere and has placed party politics above the best interests of his constituents,” Mr Anthony said.

Over the last four financial years, the Coalition has delivered in Lilley:

  • approximately $26 million in child care funding
  • $8,937,557 for disability services
  • $8,820,719 through the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program
  • $433,633 through the Emergency Relief Program
  • $443,082 through various youth focussed programs
  • $109,534 through the Stronger Families and Communities Program
  • $10,230 through the International Year of Volunteers
  • $132,902 through the Family and Community Networks Initiative

“This Government has shown it is prepared to listen and act. We are more responsive than Labor during its long term in office. At least once I would have liked for Wayne Swan to work with us or at least say something positive about what we have achieved for all Australians.

“Wayne Swan puts his role as a numbers man for the ALP ahead of everything else.

“It is for this reason that I believe the electors of Lilley are being shortchanged,” Mr Anthony said.

Mr Anthony said the Coalition Candidate for Lilley, David Ross, will work for everyone in Lilley when elected, not just a select few.