LETTER: Independent thinking

IT WAS interesting to hear from The Nationals’ candidate for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, on his position on the Gonski report and it being flawed (Port News, November 19).

I would firstly like to declare that I am a member of Country Labor.

My letter is not written to be adversarial but to point out to those who care to listen that while, the Nats purport to be the voice of the bush, we now have the benefit of hindsight and know what happened last time we had a so called “representative” from Port Macquarie Base Hospital campaign on the values of health and education.

Why, Dr Gillespie, should the good people of Lyne believe you will get any better hearing from Mr Abbott then your state counterparts get from the O’Farrell government?

While I have my reservations about independents, we have seen this electorate get more than $3 billion in investment for infrastructure and education alone.

That’s 10 times more then any of the previous incumbents got put together. Like them or not, at least Oakeshott and Windsor are not ignored.

With some of the biggest cuts in the state's history to our public sector, health and education, what has the junior partner in the coalition won for regional workers and their families?

Not even the right to say their party got the budget back in the black.

Government is not about keeping the books in the black; it’s about providing a service to people.

But where is the member for Oxley, the Deputy Premier no less, during this attack on services to regional families?

I’m sure people will agree that, while privatisation was originally implemented with good intent, we now are seeing it used as gutless policy for a quick fix that is literally driving regional people away.

If this is what an O’Farrell/Stoner government has given us, one can only imagine an Abbott/Gillespie future: “... and remember kids, today’s sports carnival is brought to you by Laramie, for that smooth tobacco flavor”.

Jim Hutcheon, President, Unions Mid North Coast, Beechwood

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