Informal votes worthy
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.