Minister defends candidate’s cheque photo


Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has defended Liberal candidate Georgina Downer after she was pictured handing out a novelty cheque for a taxpayer-funded grant.

Ms Downer has been pictured on social media handing out a cheque for more than $125,000 at a bowling in club in the electorate of Mayo, which she is contesting at the next election.

“That type of self-promotional act is what members and candidates do right across the country all the time to help raise the awareness of the fact that they’re working and fighting for their local community,” Senator Birmingham told Sky News on Sunday.

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