Kev Gives the Lebs a big Bribe

Australian politics is shameless, especially when it comes to bribing the special interests groups.

Kevin Rudd is chucking pots of cash at the Lebanese community in Sydney.

AT least $20 million in grants will be given for aged care facilities in western suburbs seats as Labor continues to woo Sydney’s Muslim and Lebanese Christian communities.

The government has pledged $10 million for the Lebanese Muslim Association to build an aged care home, expected to have 80 to 100 beds, near the Lakemba Mosque to help “culturally and linguistically diverse” seniors. 

Last night, another $5 million was promised to the Maronite Eparchy of Australia after earlier giving the same amount to the group’s Our Lady of Lebanon Aged Care Hostel in Harris Park and to establish Saint Charbel’s Care Centre in Punchbowl.

The moves are being seen as an attempt to protect safe Labor heartland seats, such as Immigration Minister Tony Burke’s electorate of Watson, Blaxland, held by Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, Labor backbencher John Murphy’s seat of Reid and Parramatta’s Julie Owens.

The government is worried about a repeat of the backlash at the state election, the presence of Liberal candidate and honorary Bangladeshi consul-general Anthony Khouri in Mr Clare’s seat and Muslim candidates running for Clive Palmer’s party.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show there are 20,853 Muslims in the Lakemba state electorate – almost one in four people. Nationally, Muslims account for one in almost 50 people.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.