Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop with LNP candidate for Hinkler Keith Pitt in Hervey Bay.
Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop with LNP candidate for Hinkler Keith Pitt in Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Deputy Opposition Leader laughs off sex appeal question

SO DOES Hinkler candidate Keith Pitt have sex appeal?

I asked the question of visiting Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, who answered with a laugh and refused to make further comment.

But while she didn't have much to say on the personal charms of Mr Pitt, she had plenty to say on the negative comments directed at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott after he said Western Sydney candidate Fiona Scott was "young, feisty" and had sex appeal.

Ms Bishop, in Hervey Bay and visiting retirement village Fraser Shore while on the campaign trail, blasted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for going negative when he had promised to run a positive campaign.

She said the Prime Minister had relentlessly attacked Mr Abbott and that he had no right to do so over a comment that was nothing more than a "lighthearted compliment".

Ms Bishop accused Mr Rudd of spending the past three years "stalking" Julia Gillard to bring her career to an end and also brought up an incident where Mr Rudd reduced an air stewardess to tears during his first term in office.

She said with Mr Rudd's record of bad behaviour in the office and with his staff, he was the last person who should be commenting on appropriate behaviour in the workplace.

Ms Bishop said it was a pleasure to meet Mr Pitt and that together they had travelled along part of the Bruce Hwy.

She said improvements had to be made on the highway and the Coalition had pledged $8.5 billion to help upgrade it.

Ms Bishop said the Coalition also planned to spend $100 million on improving mobile coverage in regional areas.

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