What are we re­ally vot­ing for?

The Riverine Herald - - LETTERS -

FOR what, and for whom, are we re­ally vot­ing at the Oc­to­ber 14 Mur­ray by-elec­tion? The unique­ness of the seat of Mur­ray is that most of its in­come and em­ploy­ment is di­rectly and in­di­rectly re­lated to agri­cul­tural pur­suits and ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter. Your ca­reer; your po­ten­tial, or cur­rent em­ploy­ment will be some­how linked to the avail­abil­ity of ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter or agribusi­ness per­for­mance, as will your ma­jor as­set – the value of your home. Ser­vice and health in­dus­tries, man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing, lo­gis­tics and ed­u­ca­tion all un­der­pin agri­cul­ture in one way or an­other. So the cru­cial ques­tion is: what party or can­di­date is most skilled and best-placed to pro­tect the sta­tus quo, or more im­por­tantly, max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal in­dus­tries, your ca­reer and home as­set value to grow and pros­per. Com­mu­ni­ties and town­ships through­out the Mur­ray elec­torate are af­fected by de­ci­sions taken at three lev­els of gov­ern­ment – fed­eral, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. It makes clear sense Mur­ray is rep­re­sented po­lit­i­cally by an MP and a party who can op­er­ate ef­fec­tively across all three lev­els. The La­bor Party’s pro­posal to take a fur­ther 450,000ml of ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter from the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin – es­pe­cially if most of this wa­ter could be ac­cessed by ir­ri­ga­tion schemes in the Mur­ray elec­torate – would be dis­as­trous and po­ten­tially ru­inous for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and you as a con­stituent. Be very care­ful with your vote in this by-elec­tion. Make sure you have an un­der­stand­ing of the facts and the poli­cies each party is putting for­ward and in­form your­self of the im­por­tant ques­tions that must be asked. Why have the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers & Farm­ers done a deal with La­bor on their how-to-vote cards, cross-pref­er­enc­ing their votes? What skills does a protest party like the Shoot­ers bring to the ta­ble, and more wor­ry­ingly, what in­flu­ence does it have within the La­bor Party? Re­mem­ber, it’s La­bor who wants to take mas­sive amounts of ex­tra wa­ter out of the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin for en­vi­ron­men­tal pur­poses. So, what are we re­ally vot­ing for? If it’s pro­tec­tion of jobs and home as­set val­ues, and the po­ten­tial to im­prove and ex­pand your own ca­reer and wealth hori­zons, then only one party and one can­di­date can of­fer a way for­ward – The Na­tion­als and Austin Evans. I urge you to get across all the facts be­fore you go to the polling booth, and then cast a vote to help en­sure a bet­ter fu­ture for Mur­ray. Don’t vote your­self, your chil­dren or your neigh­bour out of a job with an un­in­formed protest vote. David Far­ley, Nar­ran­dera

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