Abbott pays Gladstone a visit

THE day The Observer printed an article questioning when the nation's leaders where going to visit Gladstone, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott arrives.

However, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who was in Emerald on Tuesday, had flown to the other side of the country to visit West Australian voters.

Mr Abbott said he thought the fact he was in Gladstone to support Liberal National Party endorsed candidate Ken O'Dowd was a tribute to Mr O'Dowd.

“But it's also a tribute to how important I think Gladstone is and how important I think this mining tax is,” he said.

Mr Abbott said he planned to visit marginal seats such as Flynn in Queensland and western Sydney before polling day.

“Sensibly, in the last few days of the campaign, I'm focusing on the areas where the most swinging seats are,” he said.

The Morning Bulletin editor Frazer Pearce said at least Mr Abbott turned up.

“Obviously this is just another signal that (Labor's) Kirsten Livermore is unbeatable,” he said.

Ms Gillard gave an indirect answer to The Observer on Tuesday about whether Gladstone residents could look forward to a visit from her in the near future.


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