Politi­cians talk shop over a beer at Royal Mail

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

POL­I­TICS in a pub. Why not? As good a so­cial place as any for a chat many Nagam­bie folk felt when over 40 gath­ered at the Royal Mail Ho­tel re­cently to meet with two politi­cians from the Na­tion­als party.

The spe­cial guests were Damian Drum (MHR, Mur­ray) and Steph Ryan MP, Deputy Leader of the Vic­to­rian Na­tion­als (MLA, Euroa).

The politi­cians talked in­for­mally while shar­ing a drink and snacks with those who went along from Avenel, Be­nalla, Euroa, Kil­more, Nagam­bie, Goul­burn Weir and Wahring.

Paul Gold­ing pub­li­can of the Royal Mail Ho­tel wel­comed ev­ery­one to the gather­ing and thanked Frances Deane for ar- rang­ing the get to­gether with the two mem­bers.

Damian Drum spoke about sub­jects that have been top­i­cal in the life of a fed­eral mem­ber over the past few weeks, such as the price and short­age of gas and Asian long term con­tracts and state poli­cies.

Other top­ics briefly in­cluded wa­ter poli­cies con­cern­ing the Mur­ray Dar­ling basin and the ef­fects on the Goul­burn Val­ley and ir­ri­ga­tion; same sex mar­riage, dual cit­i­zen­ship is­sues, and on state pol­i­tics es­pe­cially con­cern­ing Vic­to­ri­ans pay­ing ex­or­bi­tant prices for gas.

A short ques­tion and an­swer time fol­lowed the short talk by Mr Drum and he and Ms Ryan en­cour­aged the at­ten­dees to speak to them fur­ther on mat­ters of con­cern that may need fur­ther re­search or in­for­ma­tion.

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