Posted: 9:32 am on 3rd July 2013

Yesterday, Wastewatch posted about the $19 million spent on a race track in Toowoomba – $12 million to lay the artificial turf and another $7 million to rip it up and replace it with the natural stuff.

Well there is also proof of taxpayer money being spent on another racetrack in Mackay – $7.4 m for the Ooralea Racecourse, which just happened to reside in the marginal seat of the then Racing Minister Tim Mulherin:

Documents show funding approval was fast-tracked by the former [Bligh] Labor government for the course capital works, which included a new track and function centre as well as upgrades to its public and member’s facilities.

At the time of the state election in March last year, the Mackay project was 90 per cent finished while work on the Gold Coast — which hosts the annual Magic Millions Carnival and was deemed as being in desperate need of major work — had barely started.

Mr Mulherin narrowly held his seat of Mackay, which is now the most marginal Labor electorate in Queensland.

Governments really will go to extraordinary lengths, and extraordinary waste, to keep themselves in power. And we’re paying for their largesse.

We can’t wait for the sorts of porkbarrelling the federal election will bring us.

…and the vote buying continues | CIS Waste Watch says:

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