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MPs Landry and Lauga clash over Girls Time Out

GIRL POWER: The Girls Time Out Young Mums Support program was officially closed last Friday.
GIRL POWER: The Girls Time Out Young Mums Support program was officially closed last Friday. Contributed

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry yesterday warned Keppel MP Brittany Lauga to take some time out- and stop interfering in federal issues.

Ms Landry was responding to a media statement issue by Mrs Lauga on Friday about the closing of the Girls Time Out Young Mums Support program in Rockhampton.

Mrs Lauga claimed the program officially closed on Friday due to federal funding cuts.

The Keppel MP said Ms Landry had not stood up for our community and that the "program could have been saved if our Federal Members had taken a stronger stance on the issue."

However Ms Landry said Mrs Lauga "should get her facts straight before making accusations."

She said she was unaware of the behind the scenes work she had been doing with the program's management team to get additional funding for the local program.

"I've had several meetings with the minister's office about this and Mrs Lauga's representation of the situation is not a reflection of the discussions I've had with the management team," Ms Landry said.

"It looks like we may have additional funding for this project, we'll know more about it today. I've stood up for this program because I do realise there's a need for this service in the community but I think Mrs Lauga needs to focus more on state issues and getting the license for Great Keppel Island."

The program at aims to support young mums and their children in the CQ region by building parenting skills, reducing isolation and providing support to enhance social and emotional well-being.   

Topics:  brittany lauga girls time out michelle landry



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