Wentworth not the only electorate that is ‘fed up’
The Coalition Government cannot presume any seat is safe following the massive swing to Independent Kerryn Phelps in the previously safe seat of Wentworth.
The swing to independents at state and federal by-elections in the past year should be ringing alarm bells in the Coalition, and not just in its urban electorates, according to Wakool Rivers Association chair John Lolicato.
Mr Lolicato said people across Australia are tired of political games and short term policies that don’t deliver long term goals.
He said it is becoming increasingly clear with recent by-election results.
‘‘The Murray-Darling Basin Plan was devised to appease marginal seats in South Australia and give the former Howard Government and ‘environmental cause’, instead of developing sustainable solutions with realistic time frames,’’ Mr Lolicato said.
‘‘People are fed up with political games. Why should the NSW Murray region suffer because we have an indifferent Federal Water Minister who appears more intent on his own career than protecting our community’s interests?
‘‘This is the type of political game playing that is leading to massive swings at the ballot box and a shift away from the major parties.’’
Mr Lolicato suggested water would be a key issue for voters at upcoming state and federal elections next year, especially in the current climate where the lack of effective drought policy is clearly evident.
‘‘Our communities rely on affordable and reliable access to water, and over a long period of time that has been dramatically eroded. However, the Commonwealth’s approach on both sides of politics to the implementation of the Basin Plan is the straw that has broken too many backs,’’ he said.
‘‘We want people we can trust to be transparent, call a spade a spade, keep a promise and provide well planned meaningful consultation when they commit to it. That is not what we are getting at present, especially in the Federal sphere.
‘‘The Nationals, in particular, could suffer the wrath of poor representation at both state and federal level next year.
‘‘They must stop the sneaky games being played by the Commonwealth on the 450 gigalitres.
‘‘The days of our community accepting the broken promises and using us as collateral damage for political gain are at and end.’’