It was on short notice and the excitement was short lived but Kevin Rudd made one long term difference in the Illawarra on his visit to Wollongong on Monday. The Prime Minister stopped in at Port Kembla to announce that BlueScope Steel had won a $20 million contract to produce steel for three new navy destroyers. Rudd then moved on to the Town Hall where he guided 200 selected leaders, politicians and volunteers through a jobs forum.
Member for Wollongong Noreen Hay attended the meeting. On Tuesday, budget day, Hay quickly answered a few Crossfire questions before heading off to question time.