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The Nats are making-nice with regional unis

Labor launched its federal election campaign for Cairns the other week, promising $50m for a new CQU campus there (CMM November 11).

And yesterday the coalition responded albeit not at scale, with a tweet from Regions Minister Bridget McKenzie, appearing in a pic with local member, wily Warren Entsch.

Senator McKenzie talked-up the return of international students and how Cairns is “a standout regional higher education centre.”

Way-south former Nats leader, MP Michael McCormack was making-nice with Charles Sturt U yesterday, tweeting about a chat with its COO Rick Willmott, “who spoke of several innovative ideas the university is pursuing.”

Other regional unis should not feel left-out – there is plenty of time until the election.