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Abbott bowls in to meet and greet

A LITTLE late but still full of energy, Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott bowled into Juan Godoy’s Cafe Del Fuego in Dorrigo late yesterday afternoon.

He was welcomed by a cosy crowd of party faithful, chamber members and Dorrigo High school captains.

For many the burning topic was roads – both the need to see the back road to Coffs Harbour sealed as a safe alternative route off the mountain and the idea of courtesy lanes on the Dorrigo Mountain to meet the needs and speeds of tourists, residents and commercial traffic alike.

But for Mr Abbott the issue was the carbon tax.

“We pollies can’t fix everything but we can avoid making a bad situation worse,” Mr Abbott said.

“We need power and fuel and to make these things more expensive is not the answer.

“We need smart ways to fix the environment – a tax to save the environment is dumb.”

Mr Abbott said under his direct action plan, $1 billion per year would be spent on “more trees, better soil and better technology – without taking any money from taxpayer pockets”.

And on visiting the pretty mountain town, he said: “If Tony Abbott can ride up, you can drive up!”



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