News

The cat that got the cream

Sweet: Tony Abbott was happy to see Labor in a jam yesterday.
Sweet: Tony Abbott was happy to see Labor in a jam yesterday. Jeremy Sollars

HIS Warwick visit may have come and "scone", but the grin on Tony Abbott's face showed how sweet the current ALP jam is for the LNP leader.

While Labor was talking a leadership ballot yesterday morning, Mr Abbott was en route to the Rose City to officially open the Grove Juice Factory at the Axis Industrial Estate. But it was K-Rudd's power play that had people talking and national media chomping at the bit.

Everyone may have been thinking about it, but Mr Abbott was not talking about Labor's leadership debacle going on in Canberra - while he was addressing the crowd gathered at the juice factory.

Even so, he had the open support of Grove Juice's Dick Estens who blasted the ALP and proclaimed Mr Abbott would be the next prime minister.

But Mr Abbott didn't remain tight-lipped for long - clearly basking in the ongoing "spectacle" of the ALP's power plays he took the opportunity to describe the party as a "shambles" in a media conference in the back office of the factory.

He said Australia "deserved better" and was "still a great country" but refused to give "political commentary" when asked if he thought Kevin Rudd would be the ALP's leader on Monday.

"Whatever happens Monday or next week it will be the faceless men pulling the strings," he said.

He said the only way to have a government without "dodgy backdoor deals" was to call an election.

But pressed as to why he would not call a vote of no confidence, Mr Abbott said it should be left up to the people who formed the leadership - the independents. He avoided answering questions about whether he had spoken to the independents.

Topics:  australian labor party grove juice factory julia gillard kevin rudd tony abbott



REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

Beachgoers cool down at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Temperatures have hit 46 degrees Celsius in parts of outback Queensland today, with a heatwave predicted for the state's central and southern regions.(AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Outback towns scorching under the Friday afternoon sun

Not ten, but fifteen awesome things to do this week

ANNIVERSARY: Charity day party Nudge Nudge Wink Wink has raised almost $20,000 for local organisations in its first year of events.

This busy week we have pretty much every possible event you may want

Local Partners

Ricky Gervais announces first dates of world tour

Ricky Gervais has announced his first world tour in seven years.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 'final stages' of divorce

Depp's outstanding divorce money to be paid over 15 months

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome their second child

Mila Kunis won't be naming her second child 'Hawkeye'

First look at Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise in The Mummy

Russell Crowe in a scene from the first teaser trailer for the movie The Mummy.

HOLLYWOOD heavyweights helm serious reboot of action franchise.

Where the Dolphins come from

CREATORS: Brendan Hanley and Darmin Cameron.

Find out the story of the Dolphin Awards got their name

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

INSIDE: Artist's impressions of the interior of the new Eastern Heights aged care precinct.

Sub-contractors needed to build $15m aged care facility

Iconic beach shack rises from the ashes

Inspired by the Dailys stories on the need for beach shacks, popular Coolum restaurant MyPlace has transformed its inside into a beach shack.

And the iconic 'guitar house' saved for now

New era of healthcare for the Northern Rivers

Page MP Kevin Hogan, Federal Minister for Health Susan Ley, NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner and Lismore MP Thomas George officially opening Stage 3A of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment.

New facilities at Lismore Base unveiled by NSW Premier

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!