PM in Gladstone today to hear budget feedback
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will be in Gladstone today to hear the local community's feedback on the federal budget.
Mr Abbott will make an announcement in Mackay this morning before travelling to Gladstone this afternoon.
He and Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd will meet with members of the community at the Gladstone Bowls Club from 2.30pm.
The Prime Minister was last in Gladstone in 2013 ahead of the federal election.
Fairfax is this morning reporting the budget has strengthened Mr Abbott's leadership and given Treasurer Joe Hockey a boost.
Results from the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll show the government has now pulled even with the Labor opposition.
Mr Abbott has also shot into the lead as the preferred prime minister ahead of Labor's Bill Shorten.
At 44-39, it is the first time Mr Abbott has led on that index since April 2014, and the first time the government has been in a potentially election-winning position since February of that year.
The poll has found support for the two parties was now locked at 50-50 in the immediate aftermath of the government's 2015 budget.
UPDATE: 3.30pm Mr Abbott arrived at the Gladstone Bowls Club to a dozen protestors.
This was outweighed though by the 70 odd community representatives that eagerly awaited their five minute meet and greet with the PM.
Women's Health Centre manager Natasha Fee, Chanel College principal Sharon Volp, Desley O'Grady and the Country Women's Association board all raised concerns with Abbott.