Foley slams Maddern on loss of Bombardier jobs

A POLITICAL candidate has slammed the Member for Maryborough after the decision of manufacturer Bombardier to close its local facility.

Ex-MP Chris Foley, who will take on Anne Maddern again at the next state election, said Ms Maddern was sitting back while businesses in town closed.

He referred to the news revealed last week that Bombardier would close its Maryborough factory and move operations to its existing Ipswich facility.

Mr Foley said he was furious when Ms Maddern wrote in a letter to the Chronicle that "Ipswich has similar needs to Maryborough".

"Honestly, I couldn't give a fig about Ipswich," Mr Foley said.

"I think she needs to make up her mind whether she's the Member for Ipswich or the Member for Maryborough."

But Ms Maddern said she had worked hard to secure contracts for the area.

"Some of which include the boot camp program, the Fostering Families program, the recently announced program to provide a fully funded palliative care unit in the Maryborough Hospital and the recently announced youth support program," she said.

"In response to Chris's claims, I would point out that under his watch the Maryborough Hospital was gutted, schools were left without maintenance and state roads and the Bruce Hwy were run down."

But Mr Foley accused Ms Maddern of not providing significant work for Bombardier.

"She's sitting back and saying, oh that's really sad about Bombardier," he said. "No hang on, Bombardier closed because EDI Rail and Bombardier aren't getting the contracts from the Queensland Government."

In November 2013 the Queensland Government awarded an order of 75 new six-car trains with maintenance services for 30 years, valued about $4.4 billion to Bombardier. However the work wasn't done in Maryborough, but at a facility in India.



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