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Does this pass your pub test : it doesn't pass ours

Today Andrew Constance posted that: "Today I was with Fiona Kotvojs for Bega to announce $50k grants from Federal and State Govt for flood impacted small business" To the average person reading this there might be an assumption that Andrew and Fiona secured the grants. If this was the case a reader might even think they should vote for Andrew and Fiona because they bring manna from heaven and might bring more.

The FACT is that both of them are only candidates Andrew Constance is an unelected candidate in the next Federal election and Fiona Kotvojs is an unelected candidate in a State by-election. Neither are elected so neither are in a position to announce grants. Andrew Constance did the same thing on his social media account the other day saying:

Again, Fiona Kotvojs is not in a position to make "significant announcements". His text above specifically implies that both Hazzard and Kotvojs made the announcement. Today, in Mogo the NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke and Commissioner for Resilience Shane Fitzsimmons made the announcement, with small business owner Naomi Lafranchi from Nook Hair Co. The grants are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Representing the Federal component today was Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips. The grants are not delivered via politics and are instead delivered as a consequence of disaster. Does this pass the pub test knowing the above FACTS and then seeing Andrew Constance say "Today I was with Fiona Kotvojs for Bega to announce $50k grants from Federal and State Govt for flood impacted small business" From the number of emails and phone calls received it doesn't pass the pub test at all. In all a terrific outcome for the Mogo business that had fallen through the cracks. Today was about righting a wrong and extending a much needed hand. The announcement made by the NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke and Commissioner for Resilience Shane Fitzsimmons wasn't for politics and electioneering point scoring.

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