Opposition Leader Tony Abbott mans the barbecue at a sausage sizzle at the Rockhampton Showgrounds yesterday.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott mans the barbecue at a sausage sizzle at the Rockhampton Showgrounds yesterday. Chris Ison

Cattleman opposes carbon tax

AFTER reading his Bible each morning Central Queensland's Peter Larsen says a prayer for Tony Abbott.

He prays the Opposition Leader will have the wisdom to make the right choices.

Peter, who runs a cattle property near Theodore, is an Abbott supporter and he doesn't like the carbon tax.

“I'm no economist mate, but I'm not silly and this carbon tax will cost this country an awful lot of money for nothing,” he said.

He was one of about 150 people who had the opportunity to meet the Opposition Leader at a community forum in Rockhampton yesterday.

Peter thinks the Opposition Leader will do a good job as Australia's leader.

But there were concerns among those who weren't allowed into the forum that they were restricted access because they weren't so strongly against the tax.

Shortly after he was turned away, a disappointed Justin Kann said he'd heard a lot about the carbon tax and had wanted to ask Mr Abbott a couple of questions.

Justin described himself as a young voter who wanted to make the right decision at the next election.

He said he'd heard Mr Abbott say “Australia was doing it alone” on the carbon tax and had wanted to expand on what other countries were doing.

Senator Ian Macdonald, whose office organised the forum, said invitations went out to a wide spectrum of the community.

“It was first-in, best dressed,” Senator Macdonald said.

He said it was wrong to think those who attended were LNP members.



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