PM uses crossroads as backdrop for media conference
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has given a media conference at the Calliope crossroads, speaking about the Bruce Hwy, education and local candidate Chris Trevor.
Mr Rudd said the federal government was investing in the infrastructure needs of Australia, including the highway, with practical action.
"This is real action on the Bruce Hwy behind me.
"Queenslanders are not mugs. They believe what they see with their eyes, not just pleasant sounding promises," he said of Tony Abbott's funding promise today.
Mr Rudd said the Calliope crossroads upgrade was a very necessary piece of road building that would reduce accidents and speed up the efficiency of the Bruce Hwy.
Speaking about ALP candidate for Flynn Chris Trevor, Mr Rudd said Mr Trevor was a "very good man".
"He was in fact part of the team elected to the Australian Parliament as Member for Flynn in 2007.
"He's a terrific bloke and has always been loyal to me. This is a bloke who believes in raising money for charity... and was part of the team that got folks like us to deliver for the local economy."
Mr Rudd mentioned some of Mr Trevor's achievements as the crossroads upgrade, Gladstone Airport terminal upgrade, Kirkwood Rd and billions of dollars in funding for Emerald.
Speaking about education, the Prime Minister said he hadn't seen a bigger investment in schools anywhere in Australia than he had seen in the Gladstone region.
He called on Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to stop playing politics with the federal government's Better Schools Plan.
The Prime Minister was in Gladstone for less than 24 hours before jumping on a RAAF plane for Mackay.
But Mr Rudd saw plenty of Gladstone - and pressed more than a few local paws - in the process.
After a morning constitutional around Spinnaker Park and up to Auckland Point Lookout, Mr Rudd dropped in at The Observer office for an interview - and of course, some "selfies" with staff.
He then stopped for a coffee at Chattin Café, before crossing Goondoon St to meet with councillors at Gladstone Regional Council.
On the street, he was accosted by Zinc Radio announcer Rob Kidd, who was in full New South Wales Blues garb, ahead of the State of Origin decider tonight.
Sticking to the same theme, Mr Rudd then cut a Queenslander cake with employees at the Endeavour Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supporting people with disabilities.
With a full media scrum, he then travelled to the Calliope crossroads.
After visiting Mackay this afternoon, the keen Queensland supporter will travel to Sydney to attend tonight's State of Origin decider.