Price vows to soldier on af­ter Ab­bott vote

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ Fed­eral Mem­ber of Du­rack Melissa Price could be seen fol­low­ing Tony Ab­bott out of the party room last week as a fi­nal show of loy­alty af­ter Lib­eral MPs voted to dump the em­bat­tled prime min­is­ter two years into his first term.

Mal­colm Turnbull pre­vailed in the party room bal­lot by 54 votes to 44 and was sworn in as Aus­tralia’s 29th prime min­is­ter on Septem­ber 15.

In a state­ment to the Pil­bara News, Ms Price said she had been a loyal sup­porter of Mr Ab­bott for many years.

“Ob­vi­ously I sup­ported Tony Ab­bott in the lead­er­ship vote,” she said.

“Ab­bott has al­ways been sup­port­ive of Du­rack and me.

“How­ever, Mal­colm Turnbull has been demo­crat­i­cally elected leader of the party and he will en­joy the same loy­alty.”

Ms Price said the lead­er­ship changeover would not take away her fo­cus from the Du­rack elec­torate.

“Since be­ing elected as the Mem­ber for Du­rack just over two years ago, my en­tire fo­cus has been on work­ing hard for the peo­ple of Du­rack,” she said.

“I will con­tinue to lis­ten to the good folk of Du­rack, and work hard for them.

“In this time there have been 12,500 new jobs in Du­rack and I’m com­mit­ted on cre­at­ing more jobs and other tasks such as ad­dress­ing the ice scourge.”

Ms Price an­nounced she was ac­cept­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the Du­rack Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gramme.

“The DSCP will fund youth projects through­out Du­rack, which will help im­prove the so­cial fab­ric of towns through­out Du­rack,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Foote

Melissa Price backed Tony Ab­bott in the party room bal­lot.

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