Sch­warz cam­paign launched, with dig at MP

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Myles Peter­son

Lo­cal Na­tional Party faith­ful gath­ered at Peter Sch­warz’ of­fice on the cor­ner of High and Wyn­d­ham Sts yesterday for a cam­paign launch.

Na­tional Party Vic­to­rian leader Peter Walsh opened the event telling the crowd re­gain­ing the seat of Shep­par­ton was crit­i­cal to the Coali­tion’s path to vic­tory at the Novem­ber 24 poll.

Mr Walsh made fre­quent at­tacks on Shep­par­ton’s in­cum­bent, in­de­pen­dent Suzanna Sheed, who seized the seat from the Na­tional Party last elec­tion, hom­ing in on her vot­ing record in par­lia­ment.

‘‘Suzanna needs to be held to ac­count over her vot­ing record. She has ef­fec­tively be­come Labor­lite. Sup­port­ing the An­drews Gov­ern­ment’s CFA bill — I think CFA vol­un­teers from this re­gion should be ap­palled at that de­ci­sion,’’ he said.

‘‘And from an area that has a strong hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try, sup­port­ing the An­drews’ labour-hire bill, again, is in con­tra­dic­tion to the in­dus­tries in this area.’’

Ms Sheed re­sponded to the crit­i­cisms, say­ing she made a com­mit­ment to work with the gov­ern­ment of the day in the in­ter­ests of Shep­par­ton.

‘‘My vote has never been needed to pass leg­is­la­tion and I have never done a deal to ex­tract the record fund­ing I have achieved for our com­mu­nity, nor will I shy away from my vot­ing record,’’ she said.

‘‘I am con­fi­dent the peo­ple of Shep­par­ton District ex­pect in­tegrity in the com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing labour hire ser­vices to lo­cal farms and this leg­is­la­tion will en­sure that the dodgy prac­tices high­lighted by the re­cent in­quiry are out­lawed and more eas­ily pun­ish­able.’’

The CFA leg­is­la­tion ended vol­un­teers be­ing used as a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball, ac­cord­ing to Ms Sheed.

The leg­is­la­tion also en­abled CFA mem­bers to seek com­pen­sa­tion for can­cers caused by fire­fight­ing and pro­tected the or­gan­i­sa­tion from any fu­ture ef­forts to pri­va­tise it, she said.

Mr Sch­warz was in an up­beat mood, speak­ing af­ter the speeches about the highs and lows of cam­paign­ing.

‘‘Cam­paigns go up and down and we’re back up on a good plane. We’ll con­tinue to ramp it up,’’ he said.

In late Oc­to­ber, a tar­geted leak to the me­dia led to ac­cu­sa­tions Mr Sch­warz had pock­eted money ear­marked for ir­ri­ga­tion work. The ac­cu­sa­tion in­cor­rectly claimed the money was in­tended for drought proof­ing.

Goul­burn Mur­ray Wa­ter, whose doc­u­ments had been leaked, re­futed the al­le­ga­tions, but not be­fore the story went na­tional, drawing com­ment from Mr Sch­warz’ fed­eral party col­leagues.

The News un­der­stands Mr Sch­warz has sought le­gal ad­vice over the al­le­ga­tions and GM-W is con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how the 2016 doc­u­ments were passed to the me­dia.

Up­beat: Peter Walsh joined Peter Sch­warz to launch the can­di­date’s cam­paign for the Shep­par­ton seat yesterday.

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