Congratulations to Donald Loftus Page on his impending victory in the seat of Ballina.
Eleven years was a long time in opposition, so I am sure it has given him ample time to prepare ‘shovel-ready’ policies that will enable him to immediately deliver whatever it is he will deliver.
So far he hasn’t really said what that will be, apart from not allowing B-triples on the highway and a rail study.
With a solid lead of 14 per cent, we might as well be resigned to it; he can just sit tight-lipped and not say a word. I saw this in 2010 with Justine Elliot. She sat silently while Independents imploded around her at a meet-the-candidates meeting.
Well done, Simon Richardson (Greens) and Karin Kolbe (Independent), for putting up real issues and increasing the profile of people who genuinely want to safeguard the environment rather than selling it off.
There were a couple of other candidates who were mainly bothered about what God thinks about our sex lives, oh and Labor put up a 23-year-old candidate whose name I forget.
So anyway Don… in case you missed it, there’s no public transport here. Capisce? There’s a dire need for better hospital and health facilities. According to The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC ), your environmental policy is ‘all fluff but no backbone.’ No-one I know in my age group (Gen X) can afford
a house in this place, and the rents here are like Sydney but the wages aren’t. But thanks for the highway, it’s great, I really like it.
Over the next four years some vision and policies would be useful.