Do I detect ripples in the pond of the New State movement of New England? The discontent of the political system and the neglect of our region never seem to cease. Once again the system of safe seats is in prevalence, which raises our ire. How many times has it been said that while ever we have politicians who feel safe in a seat no matter what, nothing will get done. Well you complain, but what do you do? For those of you who remember when we finally had a referendum on the matter, it was the voting power of the Newcastle voters who weighed the power against us. Most of us were in favour of such and it was indeed a wake-up call to the politicians that we were dissatisfied with the system and we were getting a raw deal. That didn’t last long, though, until the same old story began all over. Look at what you have now that Tony Windsor has gone: you have Barnaby Nochoice as your member, a Liberal in National colours. So here comes a point both federally and state. Your Nationals are now a sub-branch of the Liberals and, to add confusion to the mixture, the policy attitudes of the Liberals are on a similar parallel to the Labor party. Both have the same long-term aims and argue over it, and party-wise on both sides the factions are also infighting. Abbott says we are united whilst feathers fly in the background. And of course the ALP are experts at it. Anderson is weak, Adam Marshall just blew the bag, Barnaby has made himself unavailable again over the new government charges on beef exports. All will throw money at you from all directions of “Look how much we got for you”– when it’s what we employed them for in the first place – but of course never mention what we didn’t get nor mention that Peter Draper or Tony Windsor had in probability already laid the foundations and commitments for it in the first instance. They were independents, which of course are the voice of the people, not the party. Let’s go back to basics here. If we want to be independent, the only way is to vote independent and tell the parties that they do not own us as they think they do. They do not own electorates – that is a complete admission of ownership of you as an individual and you are a servant of the party, not your member your servant. Your constitution tells you you are free, you anthem tells you you are free. Upon my return to Tamworth in July after several weeks, I find in a Times copy that our National Party council wishes to spend millions more in the suburban Longyard on sporting expansions. Excellent. Now what about the bush track your party has left us for 18 years now? Has council seen travelling public coming south and a sudden panic discovering double lanes one end of the Calala exit on one side suddenly becomes one lane the other and then a sudden squeeze into it? Consider this: If we had our New State, things would be a bit different as our state finances would be controlled by us as a state under the constitution and we know what our priorities are. As a federal highway, our state would share with Commonwealth funding agreements and the road would be done. The only reason the Liberal sub-branch National Party do not want a new state is power, and power alone. Politically they may cease to exist, which means they won’t control you nor your destinies. The New England Highway south from Calala exit is one of the greatest moments of abysmal political National Party failures seen by the naked eye and experienced by Australians yet. So once again you don’t have much voting-power choice: the Nats, who are deceitful opportunists, and a Labor Party who couldn’t run a madam’s house. Think you’re getting a raw deal? Vote for an independent come time. Think New State come time. Look for an independent for your independence. Allan Lisle Tamworth
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