Silence proves telling
There’s been a deafening silence from Spring Street in response to the call to end the Coalition agreement between the Liberals and the Nationals, which is to not stand candidates against in other.
(It’s actually more complicated than that, as it’s only in seats where one of the parties has a sitting MP, but that seems to have been lost in the ether).
The call, along with accusations the Nationals actively campaigned against the Liberals, were made last week by Tony Schneider, the president of the Benalla Branch of the Liberal Party and unsuccessful candidate for the Seat of Euroa.
The fact that neither of the party’s head honchos wanted to comment would suggest they don’t want to give the issue any air and are hoping it will all die a quiet death.
Mr Schneider and presumably other Liberals at the north east post-election review made it clear in no uncertain terms that they don’t want to play ball with the Naitonals anymore.
I genuinely ended up thinking quite highly of all three of the main party candidates during the campaign and was perplexed and ultimately shocked at the ill-will between the conservatives, and not so much the candidates, but the movers and shakers behind the scenes.
Several times I bit my tongue to stop myself from stating the obvious: ‘‘What’s all this bickering between the Libs and Nats? Call me crazy, but I thought Labor was your Number One Enemy?’’
It was like watching a married couple when you know the relationship is in trouble: openly bickering, running the other Party down, spreading ridiculous rumours about each other, arguing over money, such as what was being spent on campaigning: the classic tit for tat, and most dangerously, forgetting why they got married in the first place. To increase their chances of winning government.
The tensions between the two parties only plays into the hands of their real opponents, be they the Labor Party or the likes of Independent Cathy McGowan.
One can’t help but wonder if it’s because the fight is already on for Indi in the next Federal election.
The Nationals are out of the starting blocks first, making their intention of fielding a candidate public.
Lurking in the background is the former Member for Indi, Sophie Mirabella who is keen to make a comeback.
Watching on the sidelines, disillusioned voters and the media’s political junkies wringing their hands with glee at the prospect of more blood letting yet to come.
Who needs enemies: Candidates for Euroa during last year’s election campaign, Steph Ryan (Nationals), Tony Schneider (Liberal) and Clare Malcolm (Labor).