Landry has beef with Federal counterpart from Casino
A FRIENDLY war of words has erupted across the hallowed halls of Parliament House in Canberra over which Australian city is the nation's 'real' beef capital.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry (based in Rockhampton) and her National Party colleague, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan (Casino), have been ribbing each other over which city deserves the title.
The antics started when Ms Landry pointed out at a media conference, when welcoming the Prime Minister to Beef Australia 2015, that Casino was mistaken by even considering it might be our beef capital.
"We've had those blow-ins from Casino here this week trying to take the honour of being beef capital of Australia away from us. So, it's great that the Prime Minister is here in Rockhampton and we will make sure that he knows that we are the real beef capital of Australia," Ms Landry told the media.
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Things beefed-up when Mr Hogan later addressed parliament about Casino's upcoming Beef Week, describing Ms Landry as being 'delusional'.
"The Beef Week Capital of Australia is indeed Casino," Mr Hogan said.
In response to the debate, Mr Hogan's local newspaper in Lismore cheekily published a photo of Rockhampton's iconic big bull 'Welcome to Rockhampton' statue at the Gracemere roundabout. It crossed out 'Rockhampton' and spray painted the word Casino on the statue to look like an act of graffiti.
The pair continued to lock horns over the friendly rivalry before deciding to settle the question with arm wrestle. (See photo)
"There is a lot at 'steak' here," Ms Landry quipped, "my beef with Kevin is udderly clear: Casino will never take away Rockhampton's title at Australia's Beef Capital. And casino has a real hide to think otherwise."
Last year Casino offered to buy the big bull statues that line the Bruce Highway in Rockhampton.