22 January 2004

Costello joins in Qld campaign

Federal Treasurer Peter Costello joined the Queensland election fight today, warning that Labor would lack accountability if it won a third term.

Mr Costello visited a shopping centre in the inner northern Brisbane seat of Clayfield, a one-time blue ribbon Liberal seat snared by the ALP in Premier Peter Beattie's landslide win in 2001.

The treasurer urged Queenslanders to hold Labor accountable on February 7.

'If you miss it in this state election, if Mr Beattie gets another thumping big majority, there won't be too much accountability coming out of the government,' he told reporters.

I guess this means Costello will not be seeking re-election when the Howard government runs for a fourth term of office with a thumping big majority at the end of the year.

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