Hartsuyker Challenges Oakeshott to Coast Debate on Carbon Tax

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Byline: Ute schulenberg

LUKE Hartsuyker wants to square off publicly against Rob Oakeshott over the carbon tax.

The Member for Cowper challenged his Lyne counterpart to an open debate on home turf yesterday and, so far, the challenge has not been taken up.

Mr Hartsuyker says he has thrown down the gauntlet because of concerns raised with him by many North Coast residents and business owners.

C[pounds sterling]Julia Gillard told those MPs who support the carbon tax to get out there and sell the package,C[yen] Mr Hartsuyker said.

C[pounds sterling]And as the Government's representative in Lyne, Mr Oakeshott needs to explain why this carbon tax is good for our region.

C[pounds sterling]During a visit to Port Macquarie and Wauchope last Tuesday and Wednesday, a number of people raised concerns about the carbon tax and questioned whether Mr Oakeshott was representing the best interests of his constituents.

C[pounds sterling]I believe the people of Lyne and Cowper deserve to be heard and that's why I'm proposing a series of debates across the North Coast.C[yen]

He said the Port Panthers Club had kindly offered its premises for the first of the showdowns.

C[pounds sterling]I propose that we select a mutually convenient date as soon as possible with

sufficient time allowed to promote the event.C[yen]

Mr Hartsuyker then let fly with the first punch, saying that in his view the Gillard/Greens/Independent carbon tax represented an assault on the standard of living of millions of Australians. …

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