In­for­mal votes wor­thy

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I THINK it is rel­e­vant to the de­bate through­out re­gional Queens­land that the ac­tions of two past LNP pres­i­dents at the re­cent an­nual con­ven­tion be bought to the at­ten­tion of vot­ers.

The two lent their weight to a mo­tion call­ing on Mal­colm Turn­bull to “do a Trump” by pulling out of the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord.

It has been re­ported that Messrs Gal­tos and McIver said they were sym­pa­thetic with the mo­tion but could not sup­port it be­cause party unity meant stay­ing at one with Mr Turn­bull.

At another State Con­ven­tion a few years ago they both made a sim­i­lar plea in re­la­tion to a mo­tion which I had been in­volved with.

It asked the party to do away with Tony Ab­bott’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.

They, to­gether with Se­na­tor Ian Macdon­ald and oth­ers, made the same state­ments and added the rider that the pri­mary role of the party was to win elec­tions.

The mo­tion as with the afore­men­tioned one was lost. Read­ers may re­mem­ber that some­time later the Ab­bott govern­ment dropped the Paid Parental Leave Scheme from its plat­form – the LNP al­most be­came a pro rather than re­ac­tionary group then and had the op­por­tu­nity to do the same thing with the lat­est mo­tion.

What the LNP is say­ing in this lat­est ef­fort is it will pay lip ser­vice to talk about ame­lio­rat­ing higher elec­tric­ity charges but it is not pre­pared to do the hard yards to re­lieve its sup­port­ers in their elec­tric­ity pric­ing dilemma.

La­bor is worse with its plans for 50 per cent re­new­able but I do urge vot­ers who nor­mally vote LNP to think care­fully about who they vote for in the com­ing elec­tions. You have a choice as there are other can­di­dates apart from LNP and La­bor.

There is noth­ing wrong if you think no one is wor­thy of your vote to say so with an in­for­mal. I did so at the last fed­eral elec­tion and wrote on the pa­per why I voted in­for­mal and signed it.

If there are enough in­for­mal votes then poll­sters will soon take no­tice of this and then rat­tle the pol­lies’ can. PETER SANDERY, Kelso.

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