Politicians Battle over Anzac Day Speeches

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MEMBER for Hinkler Paul Neville has refused to give up any of the time allocated to him to allow Burnett MP Rob Messenger to speak at an Anzac Day parade.

The row blew up when Mr Messenger discovered he had been left off the list of speakers at the Bargara Dawn Service.

He accused Bundaberg councillor Greg Barnes, who is organising the parade in his capacity as chairman of the Coral Coast Chamber of Commerce, of letting personal and party political feelings influence his decision-making.

Mr Messenger, who last year quit the LNP, of which Mr Neville is a member, said traditionally a brief address from the relevant state and federal politicians on behalf of their constituents was standard protocol at an Anzac Day Dawn Service.

C[pounds sterling]I've always found Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville to be a gracious statesman who understands the importance of tradition, protocol and symbolism,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Since Mr Barnes has refused to allocate a couple of minutes in the official program for me . …