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In response to Alan Veacock’s Letter (23 December, 2022):

There are points Alan makes with which I agree. Chief amongst them is that the incumbent Greens member for Ballina underrepresents and divides us.

Can one major piece of local infrastructure the Greens have delivered for the Ballina electorate be named? Any new schools? Any hospital upgrades? Funding for more police? It’s time for action and outcomes.

I offer a young, energetic, socially progressive and fiscally responsible candidacy to the Ballina electorate. I represent common-sense policy for our community that balances the environment, people, and economy.

I bring innovative policy ideas guided by what I have seen work in real life. One (simplified) example is a three-year lease on newly built properties that provides an option to purchase the property at the end of that agreement. The rent paid over the lease is deducted from the market value purchase price. The program would be targeted at the most vulnerable in our community.

Finally, I’d like to respectfully correct what Alan said with some facts: with a swing of just 4.9 per cent, a vote for me as your Nationals candidate will result in a Nationals win. Winning is within reach. So, with your vote and putting the Greens last, let’s get the job done!

Joshua Booyens, Nationals candidate

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  1. Why are you making out your progressive if your running for tha NATs? What do we expect:
    *ocean towns where all housing has ocean frontage
    *mythical modular nuclear power stations in all non coalition seats
    *deer to be protected like the brumbies, and heaven help the koalas
    * pork barrelling promises like the last NATs candidate who set a record to be broken
    *a rehashed housing policy that your party won’t support
    * more inaction on the Richmond river
    * massive uncontrolled land clearing to continue
    *when the drought returns allowing rivers to be sucked dry or straddled with uneconomic dam proposals
    *continuation of the secretive coalition agreement
    Wow I just can’t wait to see this” progressive” in action within the conservative, cancel culture driven national party.

  2. Joshua, we can certainly agree that the Greens need putting last because they can’t deliver, but that’s where the agreement stops. If you think that the National Party vote in Ballina is somehow magically going to increase by 5%, you must be the greatest optimist of all time, Ben Franklin pork-barreled millions at the electorate last election and failed, and he was pretty hi profile. After the shocking flood response residents from both Lismore and Ballina received from the Conservative NSW Govt, you are going to be very lucky if the National’s vote only crashes by 5%. Besides it would make absolutely no sense to elect a Nationals member in March when it’s becoming very apparent that the tired old Perrottet Govt is out of ideas, out of excuses and out of time, and is going to get the boot; wouldn’t it make more sense to elect a Labor MP for Ballina who would be part of a brand new Labor Govt and would definitely be best able to deliver for Ballina.

  3. Oh dear, it looks like the ‘green nats’ are starting to invade here now. Nats in name only (Ninos). You guys should really start your own party instead of creeping your way into our state.


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