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MP blasts Labor Party's leadership

Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker.
Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker.

FEDERAL Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has let his feelings be known about the upcoming Labor Party leadership ballot in no uncertain terms.

"This government is a national embarrassment - it is an embarrassment," Mr Hartsuyker said

"They are so busy fighting among themselves they don't have time to govern the country."

Mr Hartsuyker said the distraction of the leadership battle that the Labor Party faces in Canberra on Monday means the Gillard government can't possibly be doing its job.

"It's a great concern that in a time when the country faces great challenges, we've got a government that is absolutely tearing itself apart and is focussed on itself and it's internal fighting rather than on good government for Australia and I think that is worrying many people," he said.

"The lack of good government decision making as well as the waste and mismanagement from this government has really caused people to lose faith in this government.

"In my time in politics I have never known an anti-government feeling anything like now. People are absolutely over this government and they want the opportunity for an election."

After the 2010 federal ballot, the Prime Minister was able to form a minority government with the support of independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor.

Mr Hartsuyker said it was clear the pair of independents had made an error in their choice.

"They (the Labor Government) are propped up by two turncoat independents in Oakeshott and Windsor who are acting against the wishes of their electorate by supporting this government and that is a great concern," he said.

"I think that the independents are starting to look quite silly supporting such a rag-tag show as this."

Topics:  australian labor party, leadership, luke hartsuyker




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