OPEN WARFARE IN COALITION AS HOCKEY DISMISSES NATIONALS AS A PROTEST MOVEMENT
2 SEPTEMBER 2013
Open warfare has broken out within the Coalition, with Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey dismissing the Nationals as a “protest movement that has no influence”.
The nasty attack follows what Nationals Leader Warren Truss has called a “blatantly dishonest advertisement”, where the Liberals airbrushed Mr Truss out of a newspaper ad, claiming sole credit for a proposed new regions fund.
ABC Radio reported that Mr Hockey defended the ad by laying into the Nationals:
“If you’re not part of the team, you are part of a protest movement that has no influence.”
In The Guardian Online overnight, Nationals Senator Fiona Nash hit back:
“It just shows how disconnected Joe Hockey is from regional Australia and shows even more how important the National party is.
“If that seriously is what Joe Hockey thinks about the National party then there needs to be some very strong discussions taking place. The comment was beyond the pale.”
In The Australian today, Nationals candidate for Durack Shane Van Styn has also piled into Mr Hockey:
“It's a cheap shot. When you're devoid of policy, when you're devoid of understanding the regions you'll just resort to personal attack.''
This comes as Nationals candidate in Barker Miles Hannemann also lashed out against the Liberals, joining economists, business leaders, and the wider public caning Mr Abbott’s unfair, unaffordable and unravelling paid parental leave scheme:
"I've been talking to people and getting opinions (on paid parental leave) and country people are coming out and saying we all raised our children without it.
"The people in the country don't want it and at the moment we can't afford it.
"They don't want to burden their children with the cost."
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This kind of dysfunctional and hostile relationship between senior members of the Coalition is a sign of things to come if the Coalition was to win on Saturday.
If this is what they are like in Opposition during an election campaign, imagine what will happen if they ever happen to win Government.
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