THE federal election is just around the corner so let’s set the platform for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion as to where this writer stands.
I was a member of the Liberal Party, for a short while, and I have voted for Labor only twice over the past 38 years.
I conditionally endorse Sussan Ley for the seat of Farrer.
However, I will be tempted to withdraw that support before the following election if she does not gain a seat in the cabinet, appropriate to her qualifications.
Or if the Coalition does not present a rational plan for the future of agriculture in this country.
Or does not let us know, before the election, if their treasurer will block the sale of GrainCorp to US corporation ADM.
I also would not hesitate to vote for Cathy McGowan in Indi, if I lived there.
She and her family are locals who have served their local community well for many years and continue to do so.
More importantly, McGowan is heavily involved in agriculture, consults on it and is passionate about the role women can play in agriculture, because she sees the advantages to the industry and the bush in using all of their assets.
But I don’t think she can win the seat or even make too much of a dent in the present member’s lead, if only because the Coalition will not let one of their senior shadow ministers lose their seat and Indi’s constituents are going to have to face a barrage of advertising and a flood of shadow ministers visiting the electorate in coming weeks.
But again, my support could depend on which outcome McGowan favours when it comes to the sale of GrainCorp.
The electorates of Riverina, Farrer and Indi are held by the Coalition and will continue to be, again, in my opinion.
As such, voting in those three electorates could continue to be of no relevance to the main game for their constituents.
The Coalition will win the election by at least 10 to 12 seats, in my humble opinion.
Just like Labor in the cities, some voters who support the conservatives do so for no other reason other than: “I’ve always voted Liberal and always will”.
Even if the conservative candidate could not tie his or her shoes they would still vote for “their” candidate.
And, like Labor supporters who do the same, these people will try to tell me that, somehow, they care for the future of their children and grandchildren.
We know Labor doesn’t give a rodent’s rectum about the bush but the Liberals, especially the free-traders, don’t seem to be much better at the moment.
In the lead-up to the election I will be focusing on the Coalition and its policies.
Simply because I believe it is going to win the election and this part of the world is going to be painted blue — again.
I want to know now what their policies are, full and detailed and not just glossy dribble displayed on the internet.
Especially as some of the members of the Coalition have a record of not being too honest with the Australian people over the past decade but hypocritically blasted Julia Gillard for the same thing.
But more importantly I don’t like bullies and will always defend the underdog when it faces organisations and identities like News Ltd, Alan Jones and Ray Hadley.
And I have no doubt News is gearing up to take no chances in getting rid of the Rudd government and will only tell one side of the story to achieve that.
The News journalists went on strike in 1975 because of what they saw as censorship of their stories and an attack on democracy when their copy was rewritten or returned to them because it was not “anti-Whitlam” enough.
And with the extent of the evil that its parent company was associated or involved with in Britain, I cannot see how anybody can give any of its papers any credibility whatsoever.