State MP hits out

By Alex Easton

LISMORE State Nationals MP Thomas George has bought into the Federal election campaign, accusing Page Labor candidate Janelle Saffin of 'misleading' residents in a letter sent to voters.

Mr George took issue with two lines in the letter: one where Ms Saffin describes herself as 'the founder of North Coast BreastScreen'; and the second, in a 'PS' at the bottom of the letter where Ms Saffin said 'John Howard and the Nationals have committed only $2 million' to the Lismore radiotherapy unit after earlier saying a Federal Labor Government would spend $15 million on the unit.

Mr George described the BreastScreen claim as 'an insult to the steering committee that established the service'. Ms Saffin rejected the attack.

"I was the founding president of the organisation," Ms Saffin said. "I have always acknowledged all of those who were involved and drove it."

Mr George pointed out that $8 million of Labor's $15 million for radiotherapy was put on the table by the Coalition several years ago. The Coalition's recent funding commitment would also come on top of that $8 million, bringing the total Liberal/Nationals commitment to $10 million.

Mr George also lashed out at a claim the Federal Coalition had 'no plan for when' the radiotherapy unit would be ready, pointing out the project was the responsibility of, and had been delayed by the State Government.

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