The Nationals Federal president Christine Ferguson and NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis officially open his campaign office in Grafton.
The Nationals Federal president Christine Ferguson and NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis officially open his campaign office in Grafton.

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THERE'S a world of difference between the words 'when' and 'if' when it applies to discussion of the future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

This morning Federal Nationals president Christine Ferguson officially opened the NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis's Grafton campaign office.

Answering a question about the future of the Federal Coalition government should Tony Abbott be deposed as leader she appeared uncertain where the future might lie.

"When, I mean if Tony Abbott is replaced, Warren (Truss) will negotiate a coalition agreement with whoever is the leader," Ms Ferguson said.

She went on to explain this is the normal process to continue the long coalition between the two parties.

"As far as leadership issues go, that's up to the Liberal Party," she said.

On state issues Ms Ferguson was more sure footed and proud of the role the Nationals had played in ensuring infrastructure work like the Pacific Highway upgrade and second Grafton Bridge had gone ahead.

"The work for the highway is fully funded with 80% coming from federal sources and 20% from the state," she said.

Ms Ferguson took a hands-on approach to the campaign office opening, arriving early and helping clean the windows of the Fitzroy St office.

Mr Gulaptis used Ms Ferguson's willingness to help as a point of difference between the Nationals and Coalition partners the Liberal or the ALP.

"I don't think you would get a Liberal Party or ALP leader cleaning windows at a campaign office," he said.

Mr Gulaptis and Ms Ferguson later travelled to Casino where they opened a campaign office at the northern end of the Clarence electorate.



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