THE green fields of Norfolk Island are a world away from the dusty drought-hit paddocks of the Riverina, but voters in Farrer are being asked to give the Australian territory some thought.
The Liberal member for the federal seat, Sussan Ley, is the common link to the island which has a population smaller than Howlong.
As the Federal Government's Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, Ms Ley has oversight of the Pacific island, just over 2000 kilometres from her office in Albury.
But the government's approach to Norfolk Island has seen her accused of being an agent of a bureaucratic campaign to erase the heritage of Pitcairn islanders.
Among them is Rick Kleiner, who has lived on the island for the past 21 years after shifting from California.
He says there is anger at the 2016 Australian census failing to take into proper account the Pitcairn ancestry of Norfolk and the deletion of a preamble to the Norfolk Island Act which specifically noted that heritage.
A briefing note from a government department to Ms Ley inflamed tensions.
It said: "The preamble was repealed from the NI Act by the Australian Government in 2015 as it was considered to be a necessary step for cultural inclusion, and disengagement of the Pitcairn stronghold and cultural exclusion that had previously occurred."
Mr Kleiner wrote to Ms Ley with concerns and believes her response failed to rebut the departmental view.
"The issue I would like Sussan Ley's constituents to know is that serendipitously there is a cultural campaign to depopulate ethnic Norfolk islanders from their homeland and the agent for that now is Sussan Ley," he said.
"Hopefully her constituents might hold her to account.
"This is a moral issue, not an economic issue, to devise a strategy as an objective to really marginalise an entire people in history - that's mean."
Ms Ley said having visited Norfolk in November she understood the concerns about the preamable
"I sensed the best way forward is for the entire community to help design a new preamble, including Rick if he wants to be involved," she said.
"I am now putting this idea forward to the local Norfolk Island Council, for them to then progress the drafting of a new introduction in consultation with the community.
"The goal is for Norfolk's own people to identify what they see, collectively, as the enhancement and protection of their culture, heritage and traditions of the island."