The Greens candidate for the federal electorate of Page, Daniel Reid, has welcomed sitting National Party MP Kevin Hogan’s announcement that he will move to the crossbench if there is a leadership spill.
‘All Australians are sick and tired of leadership changes – there have been five changes since John Howard was voted out in 2007. This situation is very destabilising.’
But he said the act is ‘too little, too late’ from the MP and added Mr Hogan would still ‘toe the line’ on critical issues such as climate change.
‘Would it have changed his position when he voted down penalty rates for workers? Will he still accept money for his campaign from coal executives and media barons, becoming complicit in supporting their interests? And will he still support the NEG and the fossil fuel industry despite strong support in this electorate for using renewables?’ he asked.
‘Kevin’s move is a pragmatic one, protecting his interests in Page, but it is case of “too little too late”. If Kevin wanted to be a real advocate and representative for Page then he would stand as an independent at the next election and turn back the money from The Nationals corporate donors.’
‘I’m looking forward to having a stable government too, and campaigning on the real issues that affect the people in Page,’ Mr Reid said.