It’s a ‘clear choice’

The Riverine Herald - - LETTERS -

VIC­TO­RIA’S coun­try com­mu­ni­ties are at the heart of the Lib­eral Na­tion­als’ plan to de­cen­tralise pop­u­la­tion growth in our state. The non­sense claim from La­bor MPs that the re­gional de­vel­op­ment port­fo­lio has been cut is noth­ing more than hys­ter­i­cal scare­mon­ger­ing. The An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment is des­per­ate to di­vert at­ten­tion from the fact it has failed to plan for the fu­ture pop­u­la­tion of our state. Un­like La­bor, the Lib­eral Na­tion­als have been con­sult­ing with coun­try com­mu­ni­ties, stake­hold­ers and lo­cal gov­ern­ment across Vic­to­ria to de­velop a pop­u­la­tion plan to grow our whole state – not just Mel­bourne. De­cen­tral­is­ing our pop­u­la­tion by cre­at­ing good jobs that will sup­port more small busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in our re­gional cen­tres is cen­tral to the Lib­eral Na­tion­als’ plan for re­gional de­vel­op­ment. Our plan will also in­clude build­ing the roads and trans­port in­fras­truc­ture to bet­ter con­nect our cities and towns as well as pro­vid­ing bet­ter schools and lo­cal health care. Un­der La­bor, coun­try roads have been left to crum­ble and sky­rock­et­ing en­ergy costs and other cost of liv­ing pres­sures are mak­ing it harder to do busi­ness and caus­ing job losses across re­gional Vic­to­ria. Vic­to­ri­ans will have a clear choice at the next elec­tion. A choice be­tween the Lib­eral Na­tion­als team that is fo­cused and united on the is­sues that mat­ter like jobs, cost of liv­ing and re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity, or a La­bor ad­min­is­tra­tion pre­oc­cu­pied with fac­tional fights and rort­ing the tax­payer. Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh

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