He­len Dal­ton – Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NSW MURRAY BY-ELECTION 2017 -

1. Wa­ter pol­icy is in­creas­ingly com­pli­cated and im­prac­ti­cal. In­stead of the promised stream­lin­ing, the in­tro­duc­tion of the Wa­ter Act 2007 and the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan has fur­ther com­pli­cated wa­ter man­age­ment.

At least 17 bu­reau­cra­cies are in­volved in wa­ter pol­icy in the Mur­ray Val­ley, all com­pet­ing for po­lit­i­cal at­ten­tion and fund­ing rather than serv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and en­vi­ron­ments.

We must fo­cus on sen­si­ble triple bot­tom line out­comes and cease the my­opic, im­prac­ti­cal fo­cus on av­er­aged num­bers, set vol­umes and ques­tion­able as­sump­tions in the mod­el­ling.

I have spent many years ad­vo­cat­ing for pro­duc­tiv­ity and restor­ing con­fi­dence in our vi­brant and adapt­able ir­ri­ga­tion com­mu­ni­ties.

A vote for me is a vote for an ex­pe­ri­enced and pow­er­ful voice for sen­si­ble, prac­ti­cal and fair wa­ter pol­icy.

I will never be bul­lied into si­lence by in­ner city elites, ca­reer politi­cians and bu­reau­crats who have been in­clined to trade us all off for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency and ide­ol­ogy.

2. Yes. Since 2013 my col­league in the Up­per House Robert Brown MLC has had a Bill tabled in Parliament to re­verse the dec­la­ra­tion of the River Red Gums as Na­tional Park.

My party and I ve­he­mently re­ject the ‘lock-it-up-and-leave-it’ ap­proach taken by the ma­jor par­ties when it comes to na­tive forestry and na­tional parks.

I fully sup­port the NSW tim­ber in­dus­try. It is an in­dus­try that em­ploys more than 22,000 peo­ple and gen­er­ates more than $2 bil­lion each year. For too long both ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties have been held hostage by the ex­trem­ist in­ner city Greens. Tim­ber is a sus­tain­able in­dus­try that has been badly af­fected by po­lit­i­cal games. We need work­ing forests now. 3. Yes. Ev­ery­one in the Mur­ray elec­torate needs to have con­fi­dence they can find po­lice when they need them, no mat­ter where they live. We will not sup­port any re­duc­tion in po­lice num­bers.

I vig­or­ously op­pose the on­go­ing ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of Gov­ern­ment ser­vices which con­tinue to have the hard­est ad­verse im­pact on smaller com­mu­ni­ties like De­niliquin.

To build a new $18 mil­lion po­lice sta­tion in De­niliquin and then pro­pose its Lo­cal Area Com­mand (LAC) head­quar­ters’ sta­tus be re­moved de­fies all logic and com­mon-sense.

We do not sup­port a merger be­tween Grif­fith LAC and De­niliquin LAC. We be­lieve the so-called re-en­gi­neer­ing of the po­lice force is code for cost cut­ting and re­duc­tion in front line ser­vices.

The Gov­ern­ment has not been up­front with our elec­torate on this is­sue. Na­tion­als Po­lice Min­is­ter Troy Grant has an­nounced the city LAC merg­ers but is re­fus­ing to rule out re­gional LAC merg­ers like De­niliquin and Grif­fith.

4. Yes. Along with ev­ery­one else in NSW, De­niliquin de­serves ac­cess to first class hos­pi­tals and health ser­vices.

Gen­uine lo­cal in­put, tar­geted in­cen­tive schemes, bot­tom up fi­nanc­ing and min­i­mum staffing re­quire­ments need to be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately. The hos­pi­tal des­per­ately re­quires up­grad­ing.

I am so im­pressed with the peo­ple in the De­niliquin re­gion who are bravely speak­ing up for our com­mu­nity health needs. I have and will con­tinue to stand with them in their fight. I will in­sist their voices are heard by Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­trict and by the NSW Gov­ern­ment.

5. Yes.

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