We need bet­ter

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­[email protected]­ton­star.com.au

IT’S dis­ap­point­ing when an en­tire re­gion ap­pears to be left by the way­side by those vy­ing to rep­re­sent it.

The Lock­yer Val­ley makes up more than a third of the seat of Wright, yet only two can­di­dates turned up to a de­bate hosted in Gat­ton at the week­end.

The event was meant to be a fi­nal chance for can­di­dates to con­vince Lock­yer res­i­dents they were the right per­son for the job.

Nei­ther of the ma­jor par­ties were rep­re­sented at the event. Those who did not at­tend told or­gan­is­ers they were un­able to be there due to other com­mit­ments.

While I have no doubt this was true, I feel it speaks vol­umes of how Lock­yer vot­ers are treated com­pared to the rest of the seat of Wright.

Sim­i­lar ex­cuses were made when the Gat­ton Star ap­proached can­di­dates to con­trib­ute to the can­di­date pro­files we have been run­ning over the past three weeks. The pro­files were sim­ple, with a to­tal of seven ques­tions put to the can­di­dates.

Yet sev­eral told the Gat­ton Star they would be un­able to com­plete the pro­files in the pre­scribed time frame and oth­ers sim­ply never re­sponded.

Even more wor­ry­ingly is the news only one can­di­date has con­tacted Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil in the lead-up to the elec­tion, to bet­ter un­der­stand the re­gion and its needs.

I find it dis­grace­ful the lack of gen­uine ef­fort and in­ter­est be­ing shown for the re­gion.

Can­di­dates stand­ing for the seat of Wright are declar­ing they be­lieve them­selves to be able to rep­re­sent the whole elec­torate best and yet they are treat­ing an en­tire sec­tion of the seat with, at best, com­pla­cency and, at worst, thinly veiled con­tempt.

We don’t need more com­fort­able politi­cians – we need rep­re­sen­ta­tives who will fight tooth-and-nail for their con­stituents.

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