Flynn MP urges Liberal Party to maintain stable government
MEMBER for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has called on his Liberal Party colleagues to recognise the importance of maintaining stable government "for the good of the country".
"As a member of the National Party, I didn't get a vote in the leadership ballot, but we were all elected on the promise of maintaining a stable government, and it is crucial for the good of the country that we recognise the importance of keeping that promise intact," Mr O'Dowd said.
"A lot has happened in recent days, and sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the big picture, but we need to stay focused and continue governing, which is what we were elected to do."
Mr O'Dowd said it was important for the Nationals to have a good relationship with the Liberal Party, and that the regionally based political party would seek to get the same level of government support for rural areas under Mr Turnbull that had been displayed under Mr Abbott.
"I care about getting a good deal for regional Australia, and I support a Prime Minister who can achieve that," he said.
"The Nationals pledged support for Tony Abbott because he spent a lot of time in the bush, he listened to the needs of the bush, and he was committed to achieving for the bush.
"We would of course seek to get a similar commitment from Malcolm Turnbull."
The Flynn MP was quick to point out that the National Party remained committed to the same principles its members took to the last election.
"The National Party went to the last election with a very clear set of principles, which we still advocate and will continue to advocate," he said.
"We're all singing from the same hymn sheet and you can see that just by the fact that we've only had twelve federal leaders in a century."
National Party Leader Warren Truss met with Mr Turnbull on Monday to work out the details of a new Coalition agreement.
Mr O'Dowd said that he believed the terms of the new agreement would benefit regional areas and ensure that the government stayed focused on achieving for all Australia and not just capital cities.