Luke takes a pot shot at the Labor candidate bungling

LUKE Hartsuyker said yesterday the Labor Party's campaign troubles in Cowper demonstrated their poor organisation.

"If the ALP can't organise a campaign, how can they possibly run the country?" Mr Hartsuyker said.

"They now have candidate C2, they have had candidate C1, are we going to have a third or a fourth?"

He said if people wanted to see how the ALP looked after people, they should look no further than the Iemma state Labor government of NSW.

He said his Federal Government had provided funding for a number of Cowper projects after the State Government had reneged on funding and he had fought very hard for the Federal government to support projects like the Hogbin Drive extension; the $5 million safety works at Bonville and funding for the Bonville deviation under the Roads of National Importance program.

The Nationals Federal member for Cowper was responding to questions about whether he considered Cowper was potentially a marginal seat, as is being claimed by the Labor Party, which is planning to upgrade its campaign in the seat and is involved in an internal stoush over its candidate for the 2007 Federal election.

Mr Hartsuyker would not comment on whether he considered the seat potentially marginal, saying it was not for him to comment on a result.

But he said he had never taken the electors of Cowper lightly and always represented them vigorously.

"I will be working hard up to 6 pm the day before the election to put a strong case on why I should be returned," he said.

He said ALP claims that he did not take residents concerns to Federal ministers was 'absolute rubbish' and he said he made representations in relation to all issues brought before him.

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