The recent by-elections in Orange, Cootamundra and Murray saw the Nationals suffer huge swings against them. They even lost Orange for the first time in nearly 70 years
For those living in rural and regional NSW, the 2019 State Election can’t come fast enough and it’s not hard to see why.
The Nationals sold out rural and regional NSW on forced council amalgamations. They banned greyhound racing and announced the privatisation of five regionals hospitals. They privatised our electricity network resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs. As a result, country people must now wait three times longer to have power restored in a blackout.
To top it off the Liberals and Nationals announced they would spend $2.5 billion to knock down and rebuild two stadiums in city instead of addressing things critical failures like regional school maintenance backlogs and hospital waiting times.
Labor will always prioritise rural and regional schools and hospitals over stadiums in Sydney. And only Labor will invest 100% of the money from the transfer of the Snowy Hydro Scheme to the federal government in regional NSW – the Nationals will only commit to 30%.
So the question is, can the votes in the country determine the outcome of the election? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’!
So here’s what’s happening. Country Labor already has amazing candidates in the field fighting for the change their constituents so desperately need - candidates including Bryce Wilson in Monaro and David Keegan in Myall Lakes. Additional candidates will be preselected in coming months.
We will also be rolling out a schedule of Campaign Insight one day training courses for regional areas to ensure all our members and volunteers are equipped with the latest campaign techniques.
It’s going to be an amazing year for Country Labor.
We look forward to fighting.
Kaila Murnain GENERAL SECRETARY