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We shouldn’t be surprised by provoking vitriol from their supporters (Keith Duncan’s letter, 31 January) when we challenge a politician to live up to their claims.

Kate Smorty and I wrote letters to the The Echo expressing shock and disbelief at the full page advertisement by Justine Elliot and the Labor Party (17 January) announcing she was ‘our voice in Canberra’ and had been primarily responsible for saving Feros Village for the community.

To my knowledge and many others, she had been both absent and silent in the widespread community protest to save Feros, and had commented to Kate that she couldn’t do anything to help. Vigorously active in the campaign to save Feros from the beginning were some residents and their families, members of the community, some councillors, and the Greens represented by Mandy Nolan and Tamara Smith. Yet, when the decision is announced this year that Feros Village has a future, Justine claims the credit. 

The Member for Richmond’s opportunistic behaviour highlights the growing bankruptcy of our political system, long dominated by the Labor Party and the coalition. That’s why the support for the major parties has steadily declined over the past 50 years and voters are increasingly drawn to independents and The Greens.

Labor’s national primary vote was just over 32 per cent in the last elections and Mandy Nolan almost defeated Justine Elliot. This explains the hostility Labor directs at the Greens, a party and movement which has forced it to address and live up to its nominal commitment to social justice, affordable housing, serious tax reform, protection of whistleblowers, serious action to curtail climate change, promotion of national sovereignty and so on.

As a final comment, I’d like to highlight the quote from Michael West, printed in Backlash in The Echo, which captures the substance and credibility of this government, ‘The feds can find billions for AUKUS, but not for aerial firefighting despite recommendations of the Bushfire Royal Commission’.

This government appears to be afraid to lead, rather following the dictates of corporate lobbyists and great and powerful friends overseas. Unfortunately governments are becoming increasingly remote from the communities they are serving. I’m old enough to know the ALP has not always been like this as I’ve supported it in the past. I do not know Kate Smorty, and am not a member of the Greens party.

Tony Christy, Suffolk Park


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10 COMMENTS

  1. Tony Christy, good points made in your analysis of affairs.
    The only way to get change and restore a decent Australia, is for the punters to continue the decline in primary votes for the Liberal Party and the Liberal-lite Party (formerly known as the once great Australian Labor Party ) and force them into minority / shared government with Greens and Independents. Then we will get things like, true Tax Reform, Public Housing restarted, Dental and Mental Health in Medicare, a decent JobSeeker payment, Science led climate actions, happening.

    The Lab and LibNat, simply take their turns at the tiller delivering their own brand of bollocks and its not cutting it.
    As the ‘Great Man’ said, “It’s Time”.

    • Joachim old son, what could a non-local, seriously uninformed, serial shit-stirrer like yourself possibly know what happened to resolve the Ferros Aged Care issue? You have been caught out peddling misleading Greens propaganda on this forum by so many people including myself, so many times that your current credibility rating would be 0-.

      • Keith, Keith, Keith, I simply relate the facts which can at times make for painful reading for you.
        We all know what happened with the Ferros issue and it wasn’t the Justine’s doing all the leading from the front.
        But no matter, we have the Justine’s / ALP full page political ad in the Echo to show us whats what. Lol.

        And by the way Keith, can you get back to us with the $’s us taxpayers were billed for Justine’s / ALP full pager in the Echo.

        • Joachim old son, I seriously doubt whether fanatics like yourself can actually tell fact from fiction, and if you can’t work out all by your little self how much it costs to run ads in the Byron Echo by any duly elected MP you are beyond hopeless, but of course your not from around here are you.

          • Keith, I might be hopeless but I don’t waste $’staxpayer like your ALP mob does.

            Too embarrassed to share with us Justine’s $’s spend on her full page political ad in the Echo.
            I can fully understand why you so quick to divert and distract.
            If that episode isn’t bad enough comes news that your ALP mob is about to embark on a $’s40millions national political ad campaign spruiking its Stage 3.2 tax change. As if we haven’t heard or read all about it already, so just another lazy $’s40millions to toss away – thankfully our hospitals, Medicare, schools etc are in grand health that they don’t need any of the $’s40millions.

  2. Yeh Great Joachy, guru of everything green and knower of all, and plunge Australia into a lefty socialist state which Albo is having a good go at doing right now. Imagine a country where the likes of Bandt and co. steer the ship, what an utterly horrifying thought. It would all go great for a while until he run out of other peoples and company’s money. It’s time alright, to vote anything but green or teal.

  3. Yep don’t you love green supporters trying to claim credit for everything, and almost won means second, not succeeding. Now look at feros the result of many people campaigning not vitriol. In the federal and state elections up here the nastiness didn’t come from Nat’s but the greens such as in Tamara victory speech and mandy assuming she would win. The greens seem intent on putting the noalition back in power federally by pushing policies that were unfortunately rejected twice by the electorate. I love the description by them of also being pm for landlords when it’s being shown their leaders have 4 properties each. Typical hypocrisy by the greens party( not movement as they like to describe themselves), which all partiessuffer from.

  4. It’s a real worry if these politicians actually believe their own bullsh*t press releases.

    We have 2 local, invisible, members of Parliament who appear to only exist in press releases and/or The Echo.

  5. Joachim you poor fellow you sound a bit distressed, I bet you and the rest of the grandstanding Greens are a bit shitty over the tax cuts because you got completely sidelined in Labors great stage 3 tax cut initiative, for once the Noalition finally realized they were on a hiding to nothing and decided to pass the legislation making the Greens irrelevant. Maybe you should stick to Sydney politics, you’re only making a utter fool of your self around here.

    • Keith, there’s plenty of fodder around around to feed fools.
      As is usual for you, you’ve run a mile from the issue at hand so cue the attempted distract and divert.
      Keith, do try harder, you aren’t fooling anyone but yourself.

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