News

Hopper explains, Hobbs defends

Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs has gone on the record and stated that he has no intention of following Ray Hopper's lead by defecting from the Liberal National Party.

"Ray Hopper is a very good friend of mine and still is," Mr Hobbs said.

"I am very disappointed that he has chosen this path, however, I respect the decision that he's made."

Member for Condamine, Ray Hopper MP, resigned from the LNP in a shock defection late last Saturday night, attracting a barrage of vitriolic outbursts from former party colleagues.

Local Government minister David Crisafulli said Hopper was "bitter and twisted" and "has now been to more parties than Paris Hilton".

Mr Hobbs has gone to Hopper's defence, rejecting the accusations. "No. He's not [bitter and twisted], he's a very committed person and he certainly believes in his constituency, and wants to get a result."

Mr Hopper has been accused by his former colleagues of failing to uphold the mandate for the policies he backed as an LNP candidate at the last election, but Hopper said this is not the case.

"I was elected to represent the people of Condamine the best way I can, you have to swear the oath to serve your electorate to the best of your ability," he said.

"It's not my fault - the LNP haven't kept their promises, it's not the party I stood for at the election.

"They've taken the national out of the Liberal National Party - they've broken their promises, we've had 8 months to put legislation in place to stop CSG getting out of control."

Mr Hopper said his move to Katter's Australian Party is supported by members of his electorate as he will now have more power to serve their interests.

"I'm now in a position where I can put private members bills forward; I was in the backbench, mouth zipped, I won't be a tin soldier," he said.

"I see it [KAP] more as the old country party, and the thing I like is we have an electorate first policy - we can cross the floor on any issue based on what's best for our electorate, which as it gets more members will become very important."

Mr Hopper's move has been applauded by mining magnate Clive Palmer.

"Ray Hopper is a true leader who respects others, listens to his electorate and stands as a true beacon of integrity," Mr Palmer said.

Topics:  condamine, howard, katter's australian party, liberal party, ray hopper




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

4 things to try in Warwick this week.

The Criterion Hotel is a fixture of Warwick entertainment on Palmerin St. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News

Hmmm, what to do this week?

Glyn Rees, a coffee, a new life and a pile of books

REFLECTION: Glyn Rees relaxs at a favourite spot in Allora.

Glyn Rees is getting used to a slower paced life

Lost photographs searching for an owner

LOST: Nic McMahon with the old photos she found in Rose City Shoppingworld carpark last Thursday.

Do these photos belong to you?

Latest deals and offers


Crushing success at Stanthorpe festival’s milestone

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has had another successful year

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Warwick High student named as hockey nationals umpire

Interview with Warwick High student Isaac Johnson who has been named as an umpire...

Start of Pentath-run wheelchair race in Warwick

Start of Wheelchair race at Pentath-run 1500

Warwick Hospital Get Up Petition

Deuchar resident Trevor Ives is heading up a GetUp petition against Federal Government cuts of as much as $62.8 million to funding at Warwick Hospital. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News

Deuchar resident Trevor Ives talks about a GetUp petition calling for no cuts to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked