Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan (left) with Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker released alarmingly similar responses to the Federal budget.
Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan (left) with Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker released alarmingly similar responses to the Federal budget.

Same subject, same response, two different Nationals

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker's response to last night's Federal budget is predictably critical of Labor's funding measures, yet less predictable was the similarity of his opinion to Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan.

Both National party members today put out eerily similar press statements attacking the budget delivered by Treasurer Wayne Swan last night.

While Mr Hartsuyker and Mr Hogan's statements focus on different elements of Pacific Highway funding, both use the same dot points and even an identical direct quote.

Eagle-eyed readers may be able to find the small difference in the following two statements: "Labor has again broken its word to the people of the Northern Rivers. They promised no carbon tax and a surplus. Instead we got a carbon tax, record deficits and in this Budget, Labor scrapped tax cuts, family payments and the baby bonus," Mr Hogan said.

"Labor has again broken its word to the people of the North Coast. They promised no carbon tax and a surplus. Instead we got a carbon tax, record deficits and in this Budget, Labor scrapped tax cuts, family payments and the baby bonus," Mr Hartsuyker said.

While it is common for members of the same party to "stay on message", it is unusal that the two men have said almost exactly the same thing.
 



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