Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott with Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan in Lismore this morning.
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott with Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan in Lismore this morning. Jay Cronan

Abbott campaigns across region

HOT on the path to an election, Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott passed through Lismore today to officially open Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan's campaign office.

Mr Hogan is the Nationals candidate for the federal seat of Page which was taken over by the Labor party member Janelle Saffin in the 2007 election.

Mr Abbott cut the ribbon at the Keen Street office alongside Mr Hogan’s family.

"If you want to see a change in Canberra you have to vote for Kevin Hogan," he said.

"I am not here today to attack the member for Page Janelle Saffin. I have heard she works very hard.

"If this current government is elected we will get more taxes, more spending and more boats."

Also, while in the region, Mr Abbott visited the Alstonville Public School P&C committee president regarding the Government's Building the Education Revolution.

A new $3 million school hall in Alstonville was a rip-off and a rort, Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott met with committee president Scott Tuner this morning to discuss the price blow-out of construction of the new school hall and the fact it only fits half of the school's students.

"It’s a rip off and it’s a rip off of tax payer’s dollars," he said.

"Its pretty clear the parents and school here could of got a much bigger hall if they were managing it themselves."

The Building the Education Revolution program awarded $16.2 billion to schools across the county to fund new facilities.

The program has come under fire as stories of overpriced buildings and funding short falls have emerged.



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