Five burning election issues: The Abbott factor

Corflutes, core promises, preference deals and enough hot air to float the Hindenburg – welcome to the 2015 state election campaign.
Nanjing Night Net

To help you slice through the spin in the lead up to next week’s poll, we’ve identified five key battleground issues that will shape how Wagga votes.

Each candidate will get up to 150 words to explain their position on the future-defining issues, ranging from the poles and wires sale to how to lure more jobs to Wagga.

Day 5: The Abbott factorDan Hayes –Country Labor

I do think federal politics does get played out at state level. We’veseen a number of decisions by the federalgovernmentthat have had a dramatic effect at the state level. We’ve also seen what theAbbottgovernmenthas been doing as an example of what the Liberal stategovernmenthasbeendoing for the last four years. People see a two-pronged approach of Liberalgovernmentsto either sell it or cut it.We saw the impact ofTonyAbbottat theVictorianandQueenslandelections and it’ll certainly have an impact onNSW.

Paul Funnell–Independent

I think it will to a certaindegree locally–not to the extentpossiblyin other areas. The reason Ibelieve it will influence the outcome of the election is that federal politics tends to dominate, for obvious reasons, and the Abbottand Hockey duopoly have notbeenable to sell their message and this is damaging theLNP. They, like the state Coalition, have this emphatic commitment to selling and privatisation of publicutilities. Because of this unpopular attitude of selling rather than managing, which then leads to not being able to sell his message, it has polarised the electorate and people are concentrating on Abbottrather than the issues at hand. Abbottcontinues to air an arrogance towards the people,for example, his StPatrick’sDay message, rather than listen to the people and explain to us how he is going to fix things.

Daryl Maguire –Liberals

The voters of this region understand the difference between state and federal issues. They understand how the Greens, the Labor Party and especially independents share preferences and block progress. They have seen this at a federal level. My opponents will try to connect the federal and state because that’s what you do when you have no fully funded policy and you continue to make promises without foundation or funding. This election is all about what Mike Baird’s Liberal National Government can continue to do for this electorate. It’s all about completing the Wagga Base Hospital, building roads, bridges, the court house and ambulance stations. It’s about moreinfrastructure and creating morejobs. More nurses, teachers and police. It’s about maintaining the state economy as number one in Australia. This state government is investing and driving growth. The voters understand that a vote for anyone other than a Liberal state government places all this at risk.

Keith Pech–Christian Democratic Party

It probably will have an influence, although I hope that the people of Wagga will look at local issues more than the national issues. I hope the people of Wagga will look at who can deliver the changes that we need, which party is interested in creating jobs, which party is interested in infrastructure needs and in providing the services required for Wagga to prosper. the Christian Democratic Party is totally committed to looking after the needs of this electorate. We will look at ways for jobs to be created, we will look at improving service delivery and we will ensure the families and the people of Wagga are put first. Only the Christian Democratic Party is committed to these and i believe that we can deliver.

Kevin Poynter –The Greens

Tony Abbott is certainly unpopular, but Ithink that local voters are looking more at state-based issues and local concerns. The important issues are retaining public assets in public hands, particularly the poles and wires that the Baird government plan to give to private enterprise. People are also concerned about health, education, proper plans for public transport and roads and supporting a local food economy. Ithink the Coalition might be afraid that our gaffe-prone Prime Minister may affect them badly –that seems to be why they are keeping him away from their campaign. Ithink our voters are perfectly aware of the difference between state and federal elections and while they’re focused on the state election at this point in time, they certainly seem to be waiting to send a strong message to Tony Abbott in the federal election due next year.

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