News

Not that I have a say, but I thought Abbott did okay: Hogan

DIPLOMATIC PATH: Page MP Kevin Hogan was “pleased” with PM Tony Abbott’s speech to the Press Club.
DIPLOMATIC PATH: Page MP Kevin Hogan was “pleased” with PM Tony Abbott’s speech to the Press Club.

THE KNIVES are out for the Prime Minister Tony Abbott following the latest political poll showing the Bill Shorten-led Labor opposition has rocketed ahead to equal its best performance since the months following the 2014 May budget.

Labor's primary vote of 40% compares to the Coalition's 38 - down three percentage points in a month, according to a Fairfax-Ipsos poll.

But as talk of possible leader substitutes in the form of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop were bandied around political circles, Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan chose the diplomatic path.

"As a National I get a vote for our leadership team of Warren Truss and Barnaby Joyce," he said.

Mr Hogan said he was pleased the focus of the Prime Minister's speech to the National Press Club yesterday was on building a stronger economy, creating more jobs and lowering the cost of living "which is what we have always been focused on".

With Mr Abbott saying there are 4,000 new jobs available every week and that job growth is triple that of 2013, Mr Hogan said some of the larger employers in our region, Northern Co-operative Meatworks and Norco, were "exceptionally pleased with the free trade agreements we negotiated".

"These have helped them secure markets and therefore job security and growth in our region," he said.

He said forecast tax cuts of at least 1.5% on July 1 would help small businesses.

In a significant, personal backdown, the Prime Minister yesterday reaffirmed his commitment to abandon his original paid parental leave scheme and throw his support behind better childcare options.

Topics:  kevin hogan, leadership, tony abbott



VIDEO: Why this elder was arrested at Northern Rivers quarry

Githabul elder Rob Williams arrested at Cedar Point in protest over a proposed basalt quarry on a significant cultural site.

Elder claims the proposed basalt quarry site is sacred

GALLERY: Car veers off road, crashing into tree 200m away

A crash on the Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar.

Ambulance crews, police rescue respond to crash at Wollongbar

Lismore police spat at, bitten, punched and kicked

Three Lismore police allegedly assaulted

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

Coming up on your TVs this September...

Don't miss A Place to Call Home as season four launches this September.

HERE'S a sneak peek at what's coming up on Foxtel.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m