Abbott's rise good news for jobs

TONY Abbott was yesterday welcomed as the new leader of the federal Opposition by a member of the LNP’s Capricornia branch and former Liberal candidate Scott Kilpatrick.

Mr Kilpatrick said he was pleased to see Mr Abbott take on the role in what was a good result for Central Queensland.

“Mr Abbott’s opposition against the massive new tax, called the ETS, is certainly in Central Queensland’s favour given that our biggest employers are coal and agriculture,” Mr Kilpatrick said.

“We believe he has the ability to unify the Opposition on this issue for CQ’s benefit in the long run.”

Mr Kilpatrick, who had earlier this week backed rival leadership contender Joe Hockey because of his good rapport with party members in Rockhampton, said he was disappointed that Mr Hockey had changed his stance on the ETS at the last minute.

He said the scheme was bad news for CQ.

“The building industry has been slow all of this year in CQ primarily because of the uncertainty investors have regarding the effects of the ETS on our local economy, if passed,” he said.

He said the new tax could cost 19,000 Australian coal jobs.

“It is obvious this new tax will have absolutely no effect on the temperature as it is only a tax, so why penalise CQ more than anywhere else on the planet,” Mr Kilpatrick said.

Mr Kilpatrick wished to clarify that he was not an LNP Capricornia branch spokesman, but authorised to speak on behalf of the branch’s chairman.

He also said he wanted to make it clear he had not said the branch was dumping former leader Malcolm Turnbull, when he commented in yesterday’s Morning Bulletin that “the party has been trying for some time to give (Turnbull) a message that party unity is far more important than any one person”.

Official comment from the LNP’s Capricornia branch was sought yesterday, but questions were referred to the party’s state president Bruce McIver and director Michael O’Dwyer.

Mr O’Dwyer said the LNP had reaffirmed its opposition to the ETS on the weekend.

He said the impact on Central Queensland jobs from such a scheme would be enormous.

Mr Abbott’s opposition against the ETS is certainly in Central Queensland’s favour



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