Member for Durack Barry Haase says he was surprised by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s calling an election about eight months in advance of the election date.
“I really am quite incredulous that the government has done this — I think is shows a government in turmoil,” Mr Haase said.
“I’ve never known a government to give away the element of surprise by calling an election so early — it indicates insecurity due to a lack of policies, not knowing what moves Kevin Rudd will make in challenging her leadership, and how the Thompson case will unfold.”
Mr Haase said that, while nobody could be certain of Ms Gillard’s strategic motivations in declaring the election for September 14, he suspected that it would allow a kind of smokescreen to develop between campaign spending and routine government activity.
“Every time she spends a taxpayer dollar on policy, she’ll be trying to get people to think that the money is going on usual governance,” he said.Full story in today's print edition.