Qld seats contestable: Swan
SLIGHTLY shakey hands was the only give-away Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan was nervous answering questions as to why he thought Queensland has so many marginal seats during yesterday’s media conference.
“Queensland has always had a high number of marginal seats,” he said.
“There are a higher number of seats being contested or regarded as marginal.
“Elections in this state are always very contestable. That’s the democratic process at work.
“That’s just a historical fact. “I’m not going to be a commentator on election trends.”
The quietly spoken man in charge of the nation’s budget preferred to quickly turn the doorstop back to the Labor Party’s campaign lines, talking about how the party believes it saved Australia during the Global Financial Crisis.
“The great advantage Australia has is that we approached the challenges,” Mr Swan said.
“We are not wading through the rubble of a recession. The rubble caused by high, long-term unemployment, nor the destruction to our skills base and communities.”
He said Australia now had the opportunity to strengthen and broaden its economy.
“The great challenge of our modern economy is to lift our economic capacity, to maximise the opportunities that flow from growth in our region,” Mr Swan said.
He said expanding the economy meant investing in vital infrastructure such as roads, which the Labor Party promised to do with the two major funding announcements for the Flynn electorate – an additional $95 million for Calliope Crossroads and $50m for the Gladstone Ports Access Road.