Neaton has won Labor Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Capricornia. Lisa Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Neaton has won Labor Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Capricornia. Lisa Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

PM’s $180m fortune not an issue for Rocky pollies

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry and Labor candidate for the seat Leisa Neaton agree on at least one thing.

Malcolm Turnbull's wealth isn't going to win or lose them the seat at the next election.

Ms Landry and Ms Neaton spoke to The Morning Bulletin yesterday after media reports that Mr Turnbull's wealth would be attacked by the Labor Party at election time.

A senior party strategist reportedly predicted this move would resonate with voters in regional areas, particularly Capricornia.

The Prime Minister's wealth was under scrutiny last week, when Labor Senator Sam Dastyari questioned why Mr Turnbull had investments in the Cayman Islands.

In Question Time last Wednesday, Mr Turnbull said his investments were in overseas managed funds, but taxed in Australia.

Mr Turnbull's family is worth an estimated $180 million.

Ms Neaton and Ms Landry said the fortune wasn't relevant to the election.

Ms Neaton said her personal concern was about the LNP's plan for jobs and investment in the region.

"Malcolm Turnbull's personal wealth is a matter of public record and doesn't feature into my thinking about the PM," she said.

"I think those policy positions are what the people of Capricornia want to know about, not his wealth.

"I don't think it's something we need to be concentrating on."

Ms Landry said it was better to have a Prime Minister who had made his fortune as a successful businessman than one who "had no business sense".

"I think the Labor Party is really clutching at straws here," she said.

"I think having a Prime Minister who is a very successful businessman, who built the business himself, is a good person to run the nation.

"He's a successful businessman who knows how the economy works and he's going to do a good job at running the nation.

"I don't think people like personal attacks on politicians or anyone.

"I think to be targeting a campaign on what the PM owns is a waste of time and resources."

What are they worth?

Malcolm Turnbull: Estimated $180 million

Clive Palmer: Estimated $690 million

Julia Gillard: Estimated $2 million

David Cameron: Estimated $9.5 million

Barack Obama: Estimated $2.7 million to $9.6 million

Hillary Clinton: Estimated $61.8 million

Jeb Bush: Estimated $30.2 million



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