Put policy ahead of politics
Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the political manoeuvring of the major parties is doing a disservice to the people of Victoria.
In Parliament this week, Ms Sheed used her Members Statement to call out the major parties for putting mudslinging and electioneering ahead of important policy issues.
“Another Parliamentary sitting week has arrived and again there’s a sense of déjà vu,” Ms Sheed said.
“Political maneuvering that leaves little time to debate the legislation and matters of public importance that we’ve actually been put here to discuss. It is no wonder the public accuse politicians of living in a bubble.
“The goings on in this place are so far removed from the lives of real people, from the lives of regional Victorians.
“In my electorate of Shepparton District, constituents care about what’s being done to improve their schools and hospitals and transport connectivity.
“They are anxious about the extended dry weather conditions and fearful the drought being experienced further north, and in the east of our state, will reach them with devastating consequences if there isn’t enough spring rain.
“They want to know that significant shortcomings in water management through the Murray Darling Basin Plan that were last week exposed by the Productivity Commission will get the attention from state and federal governments it deserves.
“They want to hear politicians talk to them about their experiences and to offer support and solutions.
“And let me tell you – beware the politician who gets swept up in party politics instead of focusing the people who put them here.
“Regional Victoria is experiencing its strongest showing of independent challengers to the major parties, possibly in its history.
“People are disillusioned with the status quo and will show their hand come November 24.”
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