Nats candidate sees hope in polls
THE PRIME Minister’s plummeting popularity in yesterday’s opinion polls has put National candidate for Page Kevin Hogan on the front foot in the run up to the election.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of people in the electorate for months and the last few weeks I have picked up a change and it is quite personal towards Mr Rudd,” Mr Hogan said yesterday.
“Since the Emission Trading Scheme back flip, people who previously voted Labor have been coming up to me saying they don’t think he has any conviction or real beliefs so I think this is a real character issue for Mr Rudd.
“There’s a real question about the Labor party at the moment and there are real questions about its policies – we’ve seen that with the insulation program and the school building program and there are now questions about Mr Rudd’s character.”
According to the latest Neilson poll, Mr Rudd’s approval rating nose-dived 14 per cent in just three weeks – putting him behind Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for the first time. It also indicates that if an election had been held yesterday, the Coalition would have won.
While Page MP Janelle Saffin declined to comment on the polls, she hit back from Canberra suggesting the Nationals should come up with policies before running the Prime Minister down.
“I’m not surprised that Mr Hogan resorted to the same old smear and fear campaign and personal attacks run by the Federal Nationals and Liberals.
“This demonstrates once again they have no policies, nothing to offer except fear and smear and attack.
“Mr Hogan would be better to expend his efforts towards policy development.”
Mr Hogan said the Coalition already had policies on the table and the party was excited about its ‘new vision for Australia’.
“We’re going to be rolling them out very fast from now on,” he said.