ANOTHER cabinet minister has bought into the debate over claims Indi MP Sophie Mirabella played no part in the campaign for a Border headspace centre.
Regional Affairs Minister Catherine King said the issue had made her consider the contact Mrs Mirabella might or might not have had with her office.
“I’ve seen reports of Mrs Mirabella’s inflated claims about her work with headspace and the Border Cancer Centre, neither of which she had anything to do with, and it made me wonder about the last time I’d heard from her in my time as a minister,” Ms King said.
“Having checked, Sophie Mirabella has never contacted me about anything on behalf of the people of Indi, which is very odd for a regional MP, given I’m the Minister for Regional Australia.”
Ms King, a Ballarat MP, will visit Wodonga today with Labor candidate Robyn Walsh.
She was Minister for Regional Services from March until promoted to cabinet as Minister for Regional Australia on July 1.
Regarding headspace, Mrs Mirabella has argued that she claimed no further credit that her stance that she had supported the community.
Mrs Mirabella previously told The Border Mail she had provided a letter of support in September last year to the campaign and met chief executive of headspace Dr Chris Tanti in March.