Abbott shuns local coverage
THE local media were all but snubbed during a visit by the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott yesterday.
Half an hour before a doorstop media event at McCoskers in Gladstone, local media were called by Liberal National Party-endorsed candidate for Flynn Ken O'Dowd to say Mr Abbott was due in town.
The Observer has been told this has been the norm for the Coalition Leader throughout the Federal election campaign.
During the doorstop interview, Mr Abbott was more concerned about addressing national issues than Gladstone region issues.
This was evident in the three comments he made about Gladstone before handing the podium over the Mr O'Dowd briefly and then launching into addressing questions from national reporters.
While Mr Abbott's feet trod on Gladstone soil for almost two hours, he only gave reporters 16 minutes of his time.
The Gladstone visit was nothing out of the ordinary with his overnight in Rocky being described as much the same – he slept, jogged and met with reporters.
The Morning Bulletin editor Frazer Pearce said at least he made the effort and turned up.
“At least he's been here during the election campaign, even though it was a fleeting visit,” he said. “It appears to have been a token visit.”