Liberal and National Party MPs used a gag motion to avoid speaking on the fuel tax increase in the House of Representatives today.
Well they can run but they cant hide.
A number of them put themselves on the list to speak, safe in the knowledge they would not need to.
This broken promise is one which hits rural and regional Australia much more than it does our city cousins.
No wonder they gagged themselves, knowing the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals Warren Truss is on the record condemning a petrol tax.
Mr Truss said:
"Fuel tax is a tax on distance.
If ever there was a country that should not aggressively tax fuel, it is a vast country like Australia.
It is a tax on doing business outside the capital cities is evidence that the Coalition are treating rural Australia with disrespect as they know this tax is unfair.
[WARREN TRUSS QUESTION TIME - 12 APRIL 2000]
Coalition MPs from bush seats should be in the House standing up for their local communities.