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Page MP Kevin Hogan. Photo Darren Coyne
Page MP Kevin Hogan. Photo Darren Coyne

By Darren Coyne

Page MP Kevin Hogan admits the federal government’s handling of the federal budget has been appalling.

‘Our message on this budget has been atrocious. The clarity of the message very messy,’ he told Echonetdaily.

‘People do have issues. Pensioners are concerned and they have come to me anxious and fearful,’ he said.

But Mr Hogan says that once told that measures such as raising the pension age to 70 will not kick in for 20 years, most go away relieved.

He maintains that the Liberal/National Party coalition was tasked with the job of ‘budget repair’ and had delivered on that commitment.

And while some were unhappy, there were also positives contained in the austere measures announced by treasurer Joe Hockey.

‘If you’re making the right decision and doing what’s right over time then things will work out. If you’re doing what’s popular then you could get into trouble,’ he said.

Mr Hogan said the main issue facing the region was to strengthen the economy.

‘We want and need economic growth and small businesses to thrive because we want continued job creation… that’s the big focus,’ he said.

He said local councils such as Kyogle and Clarence Valley had been very positive about the federal government’s 50/50 commitment to repair bridges.

He said the main aim of toughening up unemployment benefits entitlements was to motivate people into the workforce.

‘We want everyone under 30 to have a job or learning. We want them to be motivated and optimistic and that’s what it’s all geared around,’ he said.

That would be achieved with ‘green army’ projects, which would provide certificates along the way to participants taking part in projects such as regeneration.

For those not on such schemes, Mr Hogan said, the Government’s new HECs style loan scheme for people training for apprenticeships would also help.

‘Another plus is that local councils will have more money under the Roads to Recovery program because that’s increasing and I’m very pleased about that’, he said.

‘The budget was great for infrastructure for Page and I suppose the biggest promise we took to the election with regards to infrastructure for our region was the $7 billion Pacific Highway project.

‘Eighty per cent of that is federal money so that’s been quarantined,’ he said.

He also rejected suggestions that $80 million cuts to education and health would be detrimental.

‘Our spend on education will go up every year, just not as fast as some people would like,’ he said.

‘The same with health … there will be more money spent on health each year.’

And while the Government has copped plenty of criticism for introducing new levies and charges, he dismissed suggestions that the Coalition had lied.

“There’s been a lot of language used around that but taxes overall are down’, he said.

“Governments sometimes have to make unpopular decisions.’

Mr Hogan said he remained committed to opposing gas mining in the region, and welcomed yesterday’s decision by the Ballina Shire Council to write to NSW premier Mike Baird requesting that the region be declared gasfields free.

‘This electorate is not suitable for coal seam gas mining. It requires very industrialised infrastructure and is very invasive,’ he said.

He said such mining would lead to a loss of property values, with the potential to impact on water quality and prime agricultural land.

 


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Hogan contradicts himself in this report. He says that he is concerned about the budget and then proceeds to say how good it is. He was first all for CSG, his son works for Metgasco, and now suddenly he is opposed to CSG mining. He is, to say the least, untrustworthy and I am being polite.

  2. He needs to resign from the Liberal party and represent Page as an Independant. He doesn’t like what they’re doing. Who could?

  3. Nothing new in what he says; I urge a read of the Tim Dunlop (kings tribune) article which is very cogent on the right wing agenda and wordplay on all this:
    http://www.kingstribune.com/index.php/weekly-email/item/2002-the-ashes-of-egalitarian-australia

    Has anyone noticed amongst all the fury that very little is being said about the lowering of corporate tax rate, the temporary nature of the “deficit Levy” versus the permanence of the co-payment, 6 month newstart “holiday”,
    20 Billion in medical research funding versus the decimation of CSIRO, Climate Science and Science in general!!! I reckon the 20 Billion will be for “Big Pharma” because there won’t be any other science allowed here.

    So much disingenuous spin, I’m getting dizzy

  4. Will Mr Hogan fight for this regions fair share of money for roads, public transport, education and communications/internet which is some of the basic infrastructure needed for a heavy traffic tourism/rural area?

    Mr Hogan, I don’t support the likes of PUP but they and others will wipe the anti-national Nationals if you don’t bother to listen to or consult with voters as you lazily did last election. As the current anger shows. We expect the Nationals to hold big business and the Libs to account. Many are living tough and resent a Watermelon like Tony Abbott -he’s a closet red socialist on the inside (rolls royce political pension, school chaplains, tax free Catholic rich churches etc) and a bit green and immature on the outside.

    Is there any evidence that you are standing up for us or listening to this region Mr Hogan? Or have you just been ordered to be quiet and sell Canberras lemon?

  5. It would be somewhat difficult for him to resign from the Liberal Party when he is a member of the National Party.

    • Prrobably one of the thousands who blindly votes national in this electorate to put this govt in but still claim they never voted for the abbot govt.

  6. Trying to sugar coat a piece of dung it would seem. Now Kevin how are you going to go without to ‘fix’ the budget? Are you going to forgo some of that cushy pay or super? If we have young people without ANY income for 6 months, how are they going to pay for petrol to go to job interviews Kevin, how are they going to eat if they’re not living at home, how are low income families going to support them? Crime Kevin, Crime and the first one knocked and the head and robbed had best be you, maybe it would knock some sense into that thick head of yours. You just keep rabbiting on supporting the Abbott Government and by doing so you’re selling out the people of Page, get a spine man for God’s sake.

  7. “..People do have issues. Pensioners are concerned and they have come to me anxious and fearful,’ he said. But Mr Hogan says that once told that measures such as raising the pension age to 70 will not kick in for 20 years, most go away relieved….” (WOW Kevin… patronising these people MUST be so rewarding .. but what about their kids???..

    “….He said the main aim of toughening up unemployment benefits entitlements was to motivate people into the workforce….”
    WHAT JOBS MR HOGAN… there are none!! THIS region WILL NEVER HAVE FULL EMPLOYMENT – IT IS TIME YOU pollies WOKE UP TO THE FACT!!! Long unemployment= depression…. WHAT imaginary jobs to you suppose these kids go out and do????
    Ah…”…The ‘green army’ projects, which would provide certificates along the way to participants taking part in projects such as regeneration….” YOU SHOULD BE PLANTING HEMP …push for something that has a FUTURE to employ people on the land and in new manufacturing… WE “WANT” people to be working… well great ideal mate, where do you propose we start… by leaving our young even more down, out…and unemployable???
    “..The budget was great for infrastructure for Page and I suppose the biggest promise we took to the election with regards to infrastructure for our region was the $7 billion Pacific Highway project. …”
    Well you could hardly stop all MEGA projects going on now could you???? THE PACIFIC HIWAY has been being upgraded for 30yrs that i know of and both sides have done a great job… NOTHING NEW in that Kev!!!! This budget will hopefully make voters see that blind allegiance to a Old Guard got us into this mess … this causes the rest of us to be dragged back into the their 19th century. please think MORE about who and what you vote for. Like all of his national party predecessors, he does his best work keeping the seat warm.

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