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Butt out: Deputy Mayor takes a big swing at M'boro MP

DEPUTY Mayor Stuart Taylor has gone in to bat for the Mayor, fending off the scathing criticisms delivered by Anne Maddern.

A fired-up Cr Taylor called on the Member for Maryborough to butt out and stop criticising the council's rate rise.

"I don't like putting up rates anymore than anyone else does," he said.

"How are we going to pay for the infrastructure of the future?"

As for Ms Maddern's claims she was standing up for ratepayers by sending out media releases, Cr Taylor questioned if it was more a politically motivated attack on the Mayor.

"Where was a press release when the Federal Government had its budget put through and it had a $7 co-payment to go see the doctor," he questioned.

"What is her opinion on medical co-payments and does she support de-regulation of university fees?

"I haven't seen a media release and I'm waiting for it.

"What is the reason you'd focus so strongly on a local government budget."

And after defending the council, Cr Taylor went on the attack against State Government job losses on the Fraser Coast.

"We don't sit there and criticise the government every time they sack someone in Maryborough or Hervey Bay," he said.

"To be criticising from the sidelines is not constructive or helpful."

When asked if he thought Ms Maddern knew the struggles of Local Government, Cr Taylor was blunt.

"I have no idea what Anne realises," he said.

"I'm absolutely at a loss."

Topics:  anne maddern, criticism, deputy mayor, fraser coast regional council, maryborough mp, stuart taylor



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