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Fewer jobs, but games go on at Manuka

One of the new light towers at Manuka Oval.

One of the new light towers at Manuka Oval. Photo: Melissa Adams

The ACT's perceived loyalty to Labor may have made Canberra public service jobs easy targets just before an election.

But it may also be reflected in the amounts of money awarded to major upgrades at Manuka Oval and North Queensland's Tony Ireland Stadium.

In Townsville on Tuesday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said 800 public service jobs would go, and then promised $5.3million towards an upgrade of Tony Ireland Stadium, which hosts cricket and Australian football.

Under Julia Gillard, the federal government shelled out $2.5million to help pay for the installation of broadcast-quality lights at Manuka.

Townsville is located in the electorate of Herbert, which the Liberal National Party holds by a 2.2 per cent margin. In the ACT, Labor holds Canberra by 9.1 per cent and Fraser by 14.2 per cent.

3 comments

  • "The ACT's perceived loyalty to Labor may have made Canberra public service jobs easy targets just before an election" - Who would have thought that - ACTs loyalty to Labor has been its biggest downfall for decades, Labor can do what it likes and knows the ACT will continue to return its candidates, the LNP don't offer anything for the same reason. If ACT residence so crave the politcal equality they so often voice concern about than make both parties work for your vote. Otherwise neither will take you seriously.

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    Irene
    Date and time
    July 17, 2013, 8:22AM
    • Well put Irene, well put, don't vote for them 'LABOR' because all your friends do then complain about the outcome

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      OLD DOG
      Date and time
      July 17, 2013, 2:37PM
  • Yes perception versus reality. I suspect many default labor voters will be swayed to one of the new parties, independents or even the coalition.

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    TheJoker1214324
    Date and time
    July 17, 2013, 9:24AM
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