Rob Oakeshott yesterday complained of being the target of a National Party publication masquerading as a local newspaper. After The Port Paper -- "100% local owned and totally independent" -- produced a story by Sharon Davidson on Oakeshott's plummeting popularity, the independent MP issuing the following statement yesterday:

"The editor of The Port Paper is still on the Australian Parliamentary staff list as an employee of the National Party’s Luke Hartsuyker, Member for Cowper. Accordingly, along with referrals to the New South Wales Electoral Commission and the Press Council, anything written by this 'paper', which only began in March 2011, will not attract a response from my office."