The recent Wagga Wagga by-election is yet another timely reminder of how rural voters can make the swing very big against a sitting government. Just ask the electorate of Orange almost two years ago, that seat changed hands too.
To the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader John Barilaro I urge you to engage with rural voters, and encourage decentralisation policies and reducing the cost of living pressure for blue collar workers and small businesses.
These policies should include fast tracking critical infrastructure freight based projects, balancing mining and prime agricultural land Issues relating to underground water systems with a state based water trigger legislation similar to the federal legislation. Investing in TAFE course options that will help our school leavers, investing in our hospitals and emergency service staffing levels, fair and equatable airline pricing and competition to access to Sydney, and last but definitely not least deamalgamations of rural councils.
There must also be a commitment to no more long term leasing to assets and no more amalgamations to rural councils, a fair dinkum industry policy which encourages investment to employ rural people and that’s just the beginning this voter would like to see if the Coalition are re-elected at the next election which is just over only six months away. I myself am Coalition leaning and I know the Premier and Deputy Premier are very intelligent but they need to re-engage quickly because as the Wagga by-election proved rural voters are quick to swing big. Change for the people, Walk humbly. because as the old saying goes where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit.