FTA FAN: MP for Page Kevin Hogan.
FTA FAN: MP for Page Kevin Hogan. David Neilsen

Hogan offers advice to PM, voters

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard should take some time to consider the Pacific Highway funding debate as she looks at the work being done on the Ewingsdale to Tintenbar upgrade, Page Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan says.

Mr Hogan seized on Ms Gillard's visit to issue a statement calling on her to match the 80:20 funding split demanded by the NSW Government and agreed to by the Federal coalition.

"Today would have been the perfect time to announce that the highway will be finished under her government, which she so far fails to do," Mr Hogan said.

"It's all well and good for Ms Gillard to inspect the sections if the highway that are being upgraded, but she won't look at the hundreds of kilometres of road that her government will leave unfunded.

"Most of those terrible stretches are in the Page electorate."

The comments followed an earlier statement by Mr Hogan accusing Federal Labor of being "dysfunctional" because of yesterday's spill-that-wasn't.

"I have had numerous people approach me in the street today almost in disbelief about how dysfunctional this Labor government is," Mr Hogan said.

And while he was advising Julia Gillard to boost the Commonwealth's share of funding for the Pacific Highway, he was advising the voters of Page to bypass the issue entirely by voting him in as Member for Page at the next election.



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