Abbott heads to Tasmania to fight for Liberal colleagues

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has urged Tasmanians to boot out its state minority government, heading to the Apple Isle to back his Liberal colleagues.

Mr Abbott stood with the state's Liberal Party leader Will Hodgman, backing the party as Tasmania prepares for a state election in two weeks.

Hitting out at the former minority government that kept Labor in power in the state, Mr Abbott said the Labor-Green government was "hostile to business".

"If we want to have a go ahead state as part of a go ahead nation, we need federal and state governments working with each other, not against each other," he said.

Mr Abbott's comments come after Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings two weeks ago sacked her Greens backers from two key ministerial positions, in a bid to separate the two parties ahead of the poll.

And her actions were followed by private comments from Mr Hodgman that the NBN could be a deciding factor in the state's election being broadcast.


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