Opinion

Voters want to hear MP's thoughts, not their Party's

TWO OF A KIND: Post Budget media releases from both Luke Hartsuyker and Kevin Hogan suggest both are simply toeing the National Party line.
TWO OF A KIND: Post Budget media releases from both Luke Hartsuyker and Kevin Hogan suggest both are simply toeing the National Party line.

THE people on the North Coast aren't fools so why do our Federal politicians continue to treat us like we are.

There's nothing wrong with toeing the National Party line but surely it isn't too much to expect some independent thought from Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker and his Page counterpart Kevin Hogan.

Within 12 hours of Treasurer Joe Hockey finishing his Budget speech, the offices of both Mr Hartsuyker and Mr Hogan issued media releases with their reaction to the Budget.

Incredibly both men said EXACTLY the same thing.

That's not just the media releases saying the same thing, but both men were quoted as saying exactly the same words.

> > > Abbott leaves door open for GST rise to fund health, schools   We deserve better than an homogenised response.

The Clarence valley and Coffs Coast are unique and its residents deserve their elected MPs to express unique thoughts and give us a feeling that they're in Canberra pushing for the needs of its constituents rather than simply giving us the company line.

Below are some examples of 'actual quotes' from Mr Hartsuyker and Mr Hogan in their released Budget responses.

EXAMPLE No.1
HARTSUYKER QUOTE
"This budget will ensure the continuation of the current $4 billion schedule of Pacific Highway works. It also includes more money for local roads through additional investments in the Roads 2 Recovery and Black Spots programs."
HOGAN QUOTE
"This budget will ensure the continuation of the current $4 billion work schedule of the Pacific Highway. It also includes more money for local roads through additional investments in the Roads 2 Recovery and Black Spots programs."

EXAMPLE No.2
HARTSUYKER QUOTE
"The Government has made the difficult but necessary decisions to put the Budget on a more sustainable footing so that we can all share in prosperity in the future. We are all playing a part - because it's in sharing the load that we lighten the load."
HOGAN QUOTE
"The Government has made the difficult but necessary decisions to put the Budget on a more sustainable footing so that we can all share in prosperity in the future. We are all playing a part - because it's in sharing the load that we lighten the load."

EXAMPLE No.3
HARTSUYKER QUOTE
"Labor ran up five record deficits and left $123 billion in future deficits.  If we took no action, debt would have hit $667 billion.  Every month, the government is paying $1 billion in interest costs on Labor's debt. Governments, like households, must live within their means."
HOGAN QUOTE
"Labor ran up five record deficits and left $123 billion in future deficits.  If we took no action, debt would have hit $667 billion.  Every month, the government is paying $1 billion in interest costs on Labor's debt. Governments, like households, must live within their means."

Surely both men didn't say exactly the same thing. Surely these university educated men have some insightful thoughts of their own.

> > > $6 billion wiped from family payments by 'smoking' Joe   In no way is this a suggestion that if either the people of Page or Cowper voted for the left side of politics at the last election they would be treated any differently.

No doubt if Kevin Rudd was elected in September last year, Labor Party MPs would be toeing the Party line just as much.

The point is, we deserve better. We deserve to be treated like we're not being taken for granted. We deserve to hear what our elected leaders REALLY think.

Most of all we deserve to not be treated like fools.

It's your move Luke and Kevin.

Topics:  black budget cowper kevin hogan luke hartsuyker national party opinion page



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