Keith Duncan, Pimlico
A great letter from Labor MP, Janelle Saffin (24 February). It now seems that rorting and pork-barrelling played a huge part in the return of the Berejiklian Government at the 2019 election.
The polling showed they were heading for a narrow defeat but ‘miraculously’ managed a narrow victory. The Nationals, however, were devastated with the loss of Lismore to Labor, Murray, Orange and Barwon to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFFP), and the defection of Port Macquarie MP, Lesley Williams, to the Liberals, over Barilaro and Gulaptis’s koala extinction policy.
It now seems that most of their once safe central and north coast seats are under threat, largely because of the Nationals’ appalling environmental policies. The outcome could be very interesting if the SFFP ran candidates in all National Party seats. The Nationals know their future is on the line, hence the massive increase in pork-barrelling;, they are now laughing and bragging about it openly.
But it does not always work, some people just refuse to be bought. Ben Franklin found that out (with some help from us locals). The Nationals are becoming quite vulnerable both at State and Federal level, so keep the pressure on them Janelle, these north coast seats need more progressive MPs, our future is also on the line.