Tony Abbott makes a flying visit to Mackay

WHITSUNDAY Anglican School Hanza Ashraf and Mikaela Gill tackled Prime Minister Tony Abbott on an issue important to them - the cost of university fees.

Both in Year 12 with plans for higher learning next year, the school captains had the opportunity to meet Mr Abbott at a morning tea event held at Harrup Park during his whirlwind visit to Mackay today.

Mr Abbott visited the region to speak about how this budget was a "budget for confidence" and the "best budget ever for small businesses".

The PM began his brief Mackay stopover with a visit to small business Steve Geiger Cabinet Making, at Walkers Markets, where Mr Abbott left more than just his promise that this budget would deliver the goods - he also left his tie at the request of Mr Geiger, who asked for a keepsake from Mr Abbott's visit.

Master Ashraf and Miss Gill were both thrilled to be invited to meet Mr Abbott.

They were among a cross section of volunteers, students and community group members also given the opportunity to meet and speak with Mr Abbott.

Miss Gill laughed that she had been hoping to convince Mr Abbott to look at decreasing uni fees but "apparently not".

"He gave us the analogy that you spend $20,000 on a car, so it's an investment into the future," Miss Gill said.

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