Michael Kidd - Coun­try La­bor

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

1. The Na­tion­als have been ex­posed in a scan­dal over wa­ter theft – al­low­ing ir­ri­ga­tors to take bil­lions of litres.

La­bor has now re­ferred this to the ICAC, the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion. La­bor wants no de­ci­sions made on plans for a pipe­line which will suck wa­ter out of the Mur­ray to Bro­ken Hill, un­til the rorters have been iden­ti­fied and we have seen the busi­ness case.

2. La­bor sup­ports the Lib­eral-Na­tional Govern­ment’s po­si­tion to main­tain a Na­tional Park.

3. The Na­tion­als have put the De­niliquin Lo­cal Area Com­mand in a state of un­cer­tainty by de­lay­ing de­ci­sions on whether it will be shut down un­til after the by-elec­tion.

The de­lay is just a Na­tional Party trick to get them through the by-elec­tion be­fore they merge De­niliquin with a far flung lo­cal area com­mand.

If elected as the Coun­try La­bor can­di­date I will al­ways fight for in­creased front-line po­lice ser­vices and will fight to en­sure the Govern­ment doesn’t cut any staff in De­niliquin.

4. As a ra­dio­g­ra­pher, I see first-hand the im­por­tance of fos­ter­ing a strong health and hospi­tal sys­tem which sup­ports both pa­tients and health care work­ers.

But un­for­tu­nately, the Na­tion­als have only two ap­proaches to health — cuts to ser­vices and an Amer­i­can-style pri­vati­sa­tion.

With more than 130 un­filled health and hospi­tal roles across the re­gion, the Na­tion­als know that re­fus­ing to fill these des­per­ately needed health jobs amount to cuts.

If I am hon­oured to be­come the Coun­try La­bor Mem­ber for Mur­ray, I will work my guts out to en­sure that the pa­tients and fam­i­lies in the re­gion get their fair share of health and hospi­tal ser­vices.

The Na­tion­als have the wrong priorities. They want to build sport­ing sta­di­ums in Sydney and tun­nels to Sydney’s north shore rather than prop­erly fund­ing can­cer clin­ics and ma­ter­nity ser­vices in De­niliquin.

5. If elected I will re­tain an elec­torate of­fice in De­niliquin.

The com­mu­nity de­serves ac­cess to their lo­cal MP. Given wa­ter theft, Po­lice Lo­cal Area Com­mand merg­ers and cuts to the health sys­tem are oc­cur­ring on the Na­tion­als’ watch, lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion is more im­por­tant than ever.

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