I am delighted that the Port Macquarie News has very recently copied what I have been doing by asking its readers to vote on three issues.
Face-to-face interviews by me and my team have firstly asked people what issues are of concern to them, without us putting any words in their mouth. Then secondly, we showed a list of ten current issues and asked them to choose the three that are of most concern to them.
My results show more people in Cowper are concerned about long Hospital waiting lists and Murray-Darling water issues than are worried about climate change.
Whereas the Port Mac News listed an item 'Climate Change', it is possible that people who vote for that issue could confuse together both those who are worried about it, and those who are angry that it is exaggerated.
My results split up the Climate Change answers into those who think it is an emergency, and those who think it is an exaggerated 'beat-up'.
I found that almost as many voters (8%) think it is an exaggerated beat-up as the numbers (12%) who think that it is an emergency. Does the climate change Emperor have no clothes?
The United Australia Party has stated (pages 12, 13 and 809 of Clive Palmer's books The Last Sentry at the Gate) a balanced view that Climate change "is a serious issue" (not an emergency, not a zero issue), and that it "must have a global solution", and that Australia "acting alone cannot change the world"; (acting alone would inflict damage on our economy, jobs and people)."
Other major issues of concern for voters were:
- Youth unemployment
- High electricity costs
- Schools not teaching enough basics
It is disgraceful that both sides of politics are to blame for not having built any major dams in Australia since 1983.
It is heartening to know that voters in coastal Cowper are concerned about our inland rural fellow Australians suffering under the crazy Murray-Darling policies of both sides of politics.
The UAP party Policy is to rescue farmers by abolishing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and to start again with proper community consultations and scientific advice.
Both sides of politics, State and Federal, are to blame for people suffering long waiting lists in hospitals. We are not a third world country, but we will head down the Venezuelan road if the ALP is elected, as it will collapse our economy, limiting our ability to pay for hospitals.
If the Coalition gets re-elected, I shall be 'snapping at their heels' in regards to hospitals' functioning. Merely promising more money for hospitals (or schools etc) does not fix problems, unless competent Ministers take charge and enforce better management and accountability, as well as granting more funds, but also with incentives for good performances.
UAP candidate for Cowper