What are we really voting for?
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