Hogan looking after own interests in sitting on crossbench: Greens

Daniel Reid, Greens candidate for the seat of Page at the next federal election. Photo supplied

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.



3 responses to “Hogan looking after own interests in sitting on crossbench: Greens”

  1. Mr B Shoebridge says:

    Kevin Hogan realises he’s on thin ice with his seat soon up for grabs so of course he’s going to try to appear like he’s distancing himself from the extreme right cannibals – and what a classless Game of Thrones horror show that was. So once again he’s playing a deceptive game of politics with clever PR – but there is no escaping his voting record which is a clear indication that he is NOT batting for the people of his community on the issues that really matter. But hey, see for yourself :

    I think we’ve had our fill of self-serving politicians saying one thing and doing another …

  2. Rod says:

    Not much of a protest, still going to Nat’s meetings in Parliament. Has he ever voted against the government- no, never. All hot air worried about getting reelected.

  3. Peter Hatfield says:

    Mr Hogan and other LNP memebrs did not “vote down penaltly rates”. What they did is vote against legislation to overturn a decison by the Fair Work Commission to limit the rate of penalty rates on Sundays to that paid on Saturday. More reasonable penalty rates on Sunday is of particular benifit to small buisness and their employees in an area like ours that provides rest and recreation for people on weekends.

    Labor created the FWC to provide an independant rulings on labor matters that consider employees, employers and economic needs but it and the Greens now do not want follow its advice and Reid’s language shows how the Greens and Labor have tried to misrepresent a FWC decision.

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