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

Gillespies return to homestead away from home

BACK HOME: The Gillespie clan returned to Glengallan Homestead over the weekend.

THE Gillespie clan consider Warwick a second home.

Legends of Warwick rodeo gear up

SPURRED ON: Geoff Passfield and Les Clements gear up for the campdraft.

AMONG the young and gutsy at the Warwick Campdraft are the legends.

He's here for the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting

David Thorn from Cootamundra on Oh How Foxy.

David Thorn is here to make the most of the Warwick Rodeo.

Local Partners

Australia Day Award nominations now open

ALL those who know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Warwick community is encouraged to nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

Events you need to be at this week...

Some Australian sevens rugby squad members will be in Warwick this weekend.

It won't be all rodeo in Warwick this weekend

He's here for the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting

David Thorn from Cootamundra on Oh How Foxy.

David Thorn is here to make the most of the Warwick Rodeo.

PICS: Campdraft action gets underway at rodeo

Some of the action from the campdraft first round at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft this morning.

Check out the pics galore from the morning's action at the campdraft

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals