Ray Hadley challenges Paul Toole to rethink position on new bail laws

THINK FOR YOURSELF: Radio 2GB Broadcaster Ray Hadley has accuse Bathurst MP Paul Toole of failing to from his own opinion about changes to bail laws. THE king of morning radio has proved he does not play favourites when it comes to taking pot shots at localMPs.
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Radio2GBbroadcaster RayHadley, whose top-rating morning program is simulcast on Bathurst station2BS, today took aim at Bathurst MP Paul Toole over his support of new bail laws.

MrHadleyhas been a vocal opponent of the law changes, believing they serve only to put criminals back on the streets.

He put Mr Toole in his sights after a listener alerted MrHadleyto a column the MP had written in the Lithgow Mercury (and also published in the Western Advocate last week) welcoming the new laws.

In the column, Mr Toole wrote: “The NSW Liberals and Nationals came to government with a commitment to reform the Bail Act.

“The old Act was full of anomalies; however, the new Bail Act is designed to achieve greater consistency by removing complexities, such as the presumptions scheme, which have led to so many bail decisions that confound the community.

“Importantly, the new Bail Act makes it clear that community safety is at the centre of decision making.”

The revelation angered MrHadleywho, while describing Mr Toole as a “capable” politician, accused him – and some junior Coalition colleagues – of failing to form their own opinions on the issue.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

“Some of you people on the government side of parliament need to start thinking for yourself and stop being led around by the nose by some of your political leaders,” MrHadleysaid.

“Have a think about it , Paul Toole, and I hope the next column we read from you says ‘Gee, I was wrong about the bail laws because they’re crook asRookwood’.”

Mr Toole is not the first Bathurst MP to be on the wrong end of a RayHadleyspray.

His predecessor, long-servingLaborMP Gerard Martin, fell foul of MrHadleyover his handling of an allegedly botched triple-0 call that ended in the death of an elderly Portland man.

But Mr Martin did not take the abuse lying down, instead launching a tirade on MrHadleyand other radio “shock jocks” during his last speech in parliament.

“All I would say is that as far as I am concerned the RayHadleysof this world have got no ethics,” Mr Martin said under the protection of parliamentary privilege.

“They are there to make money – and it is quite scandalous the sort of money they earn.”

In response, MrHadleytook another on-air shot at Mr Martin, labelling him a “lowlifebludger”, a “half-wit” and a “low bastard”.

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