AUSTIN EVANS IS WORKING FOR US
"There's big loads of rough stuff and slinging of bulldust as we get close to election day mate, they're all really trying and most of thems lying to get us to vote for them eh mate!"
With apologies to the late Slim Dusty, this applies especially to the Shooters and Fishers, Labor and the Greens.
Helen Dalton gives the impression that she can fix the MDB Plan. She is telling a big fib, while ever Labor, the Greens and the SA government hold sway there is a snowflake's chance in hell of it happening.
I have first hand knowledge of what SA think.They keep saying we are pinching their water and they want it all back. Labor and the Greens want more buy backs and environmental flows.
I am sick of all the false statements about the Nats not caring about this area. Look at the facts $300 million for a new hospital, $14.5 million for a 50 metre pool, seven stadiums, athletic track and building the regional tafe here, money to seal roads and other infrastructure, just to name a few.
Austin Evans is working hard for this area and its water but they are hamstrung by Labor and the Greens. Ignore the Fishers and Shooters just refer to the start of this letter.
John Bortolazzo (Senior), Bilbul
NATIONALS HAVE DELIVERED TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
With the election just over a week away it appears the National Party believes they need to invest in our region. For me, it is too little, too late.
They need to be judged on what they have achieved not only since the Murray byelection, but for our region over the last decade.
We have watched the Murray Valley lose services, and these jobs made an important contribution to our local economy.
Our education, health and communication systems are sub-standard and we are treated as second class citizens.
As for water policy – don’t get me started. Our Nationals representatives are not interested in solutions to ensure we have a sustainable irrigation industry, because there is a risk they may upset their Coalition colleagues who are more interested in city environmental votes than the welfare of regional NSW.
I will be judging the National Party on their performance over the last 10 years, not the last two weeks, when I cast a vote in this election. Somehow, we have to do something that brings about change.
Adam Marshall, Blighty
INCUMBENCY ISN'T AN ESSENTIAL CRITERIA
It’s interesting to read The Area News come out on the side of the Coalition government for the upcoming election.
You know, the government that gave us council amalgamations, the sale of our public assets to fund their pork barrelling and developer mates, decimation of the public service so that inspection and regulation of the rivers can no longer happen efficiently, sale of the Land Title office to a private company so that we all pay more in those services, and locally the loss of our two public high schools with their heritage, cultures and life-long relationships.
Making the Most of Political Incumbency (Area News editorial) should not be the criteria upon which the people of NSW should elect their parliamentary representatives.
The pork barrelling that has been going on for the state and federal elections is a disgrace to our nation and The Area News should be calling it out for what it is, not excusing it as “the way things work”.
Are we as a people that pathetic that we have to accept the low standards of values of parliamentarians as “normal”?
Perhaps teachers at the “Murrumbidgee" High sites and local private schools should be encouraged to teach their students that in the government and leadership of our state and nation, "anything goes!”
Forget the ethics and morality of living a good life! Go for what you can, kids, regardless of right and wrong, fair or foul.
And where’s the logic of arguing, as the editorial does, that because there’s no Labor MP here, we should vote for the incumbent MP? Should all electorates do that?
Voters, politicians, and editors should remember that it’s not Gladys’ money she’s shovelling out through her party MPs and her coalition hacks, it's ours.
Once all that Snowy Scheme and public asset sales money has been spent, who will be left holding the can for the cost over-runs on road projects, stadiums and all the other lurks this government has been involved in? Not Gladys!
My advice? Vote for anyone but the two big parties.
Kevin Farrell, Beelbangera
The Area News does not endorse any candidate or party ahead of any election. The editorial published on March 8, 2019 observes that Member for Murray Austin Evans is using his political connections with the government to help his re-election chances, he's spending our money in our electorate. You'll note that other candidates are promising to 'fight' for our fair share of our tax to be spent here. As the editorial says, "it can be a dirty game, politics, and it's a game that's being played with our money". The ultimate decision is not one for us, but readers to make their own minds up.