As we count down the days to the pointy end of the New South Wales election, politicians and voters alike are saying what they really feel, in an effort to the steer the outcome.
One woman says she has had enough of the National Party. She’s cutting up her voting card, and her membership, in disgust over the party’s policies.
Having farmed in the Northern Rivers for 45 years, Bentley resident and card-carrying Nats member Meg Nielsen resigned from the National Party last week.
Meg says it was a conversation with Nationals candidate Austin Curtin outside last Monday that was the last straw.
‘I saw Austin outside the pre-poll and he asked me if I was going to stay with the National Party,’ said Meg. ‘My response to him was, “are you going to change your policies?”‘
Mrs Nielsen says she told Mr Curtin that all of the current National Party polices are damaging to the Earth.
‘I can’t support any party that doesn’t put the Earth first. It has to have policies to transition from fossil fuels to renewables, policies to protect our forests – stop logging the public native forests, stop coal and gas mining and protect the water.
‘Any party that hides behind the quoted terms “Biodiversity” and “Conservation” in the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs), is either a fool or a liar,’ says Meg.
‘Now I hear the DPI [Department of Primary Industries] have done a deal with Japan to export our forests to be pelletized and burned for their electricity!’
To punctuate the scissor snip, Mrs Nielsen says she has composed a very long letter.
‘My resignation will not come as any great surprise to you,’ she wrote.
‘…This once great party which used to represent the interests of farming communities and the bush is now rife from top to bottom with fossil fuel lobbyists and only interested in serving the donors; totally abandoning farmers who rely on water resources and a stable climate to grow the nation’s food.
‘…I can no longer tolerate the National Party’s ignorance and arrogance, whether it be genuine ignorance or feigned in order to support the vested interests of the lobbyists and donors. Either way, I’ve had enough.
Meg Nielsen, Bentley NSW.’
Mrs Nielsen was seen at the Lismore pre-poll last week, handing out how to vote material for another party.