I ATTENDED a business breakfast with five of the seven political candidates for our region the other day.
They all had 15 minutes to speak, and then there were some questions.
What struck me was the laziness and contempt by the two main parties for our region.
The sitting LNP member, George Christenson kicked off by telling us “what he won’t do”.
This was incredibly cynical, but lucky because if he told us what he would do, he would have finished within 15 seconds.
He then confidently went on quoting the same utterly discredited figures on Labor debt and other Labor atrocities according to the script from LNP HQ. The pinnacle of his pitch was to fix a road he promised to fix at the last election.
The Labor candidate, Bronwyn Taha was equally uninspiring. It was as though she had the Labor party talking points memorized, but didn’t feel passionate about it.
What struck me was the lack of a vision. If this wasn’t a marginal seat, held by 2.7%, I don’t think they would have bothered to turn up.
No serious mention of the things that do affect people’s lives here like education, health, mental health, shrinking government services and opportunity for the kids growing up here.
No clue on how to balance the competing interests of mining, farming, tourism and the environment. George Christensen, the scientist now, repeated that he doesn’t believe in climate change, bringing a groan even from this tame business audience.
Are these the people you want to represent you, and your interests into the future in Canberra? Is this all we have to choose from? We deserve better than this.
If an Opposition can sit back being negative, not producing a coherent, costed policy in six years and wait for their turn in office why would they take us seriously.
Maybe it’s time a strong independent stood up and gave real representation to our area, because this “ain’t” working. Paul Catts CANNON VALLEY