Opinion

Stronger leadership in nation’s best interest

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February 13, 2018

Some weekend media reports highlighted issues with the Greens, raised predominantly over their stance on several controversies of national significance.

Also highlighted was the voting demographic of the Greens, many of whom are inner-city residents with stable employment and million dollar houses.

Their penchant to tell others outside their ‘world’ how to live an ideological lifestyle is not only detrimental to regional communities, but also for our nation and its economy.

A major point in question over the past week has been the Adani coalmine, which has the potential to create thousands of Queensland jobs. Whether or not it proceeds has no relevance to the inner-city Greens, but they’re determined to ensure it doesn’t.

The issue also shows the weakness of Labor, with leader Bill Shorten taking a stronger stance against Adani as he battles to win the Melbourne seat of Batman, which could fall to the Greens.

Even long-time hard core Labor followers in regions where jobs are threatened by this approach are furious that politics and its ‘win at all costs’ mentality takes precedence over livelihoods and jobs.

Similar thinking is having a detrimental impact on our region’s future, as the political betrayal from Labor, in particular its Shadow Water Minister Tony Burke, threatens the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

With a possible Labor loss in next month’s South Australian election at stake, not to mention the need to shore up environmental support in our cities, Mr Burke doesn’t bat an eyelid as he breaks promises to this region over the Basin Plan’s implementation.

This is the Minister who signed off on the plan’s Act with a last minute demand from South Australia that it be increased from taking 2,750 gigalitres from food production to the environment, to suddenly become 3,200. However, as Mr Burke promised — and reinforced in legislation — the additional 450 would only be delivered if there were no social and economic impacts.

Now we have unequivocal proof that there will be negative impacts, yet Mr Burke and his Labor colleagues, frightened of what might happen to their precious ‘green’ votes, have no issues with breaking their promises.

This preparedness to sacrifice livelihoods and communities for political gain is a sad reflection on Mr Burke and the Labor Party in general.

The fact the Coalition, led by Prime Minister Turnbull and Water Minister Littleproud, will not call out Burke and Labor because they, too, don’t want to incur the wrath of the Greens and its supporters is even more disappointing.

Australia needs stronger political leadership with a willingness to make the interests of our nation the priority, instead of the constant pandering to those in marginal seats who are not affected by the ideological demands they make. We believe if this occurred there would be subsequent support for the courage shown.

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