Mayo by-election comments

The area I live in is about to have a Federal by-election. Our former member moved onto other things 12 months after the election. Our seat of Mayo was a very safe seat for the Liberal Party with former foreign minister Alexander Downer holding the seat for many years.

Now that we have a by-election there has been much speculation and politicing with 11 candidates standing for election , many are independants, not affiliated with any major political party. Most have been running a campaign on the lack of water in our area.

I emailed 10 of the candidates (who had email addresses) asking specific questions on non-water related issues.

Some of my questions asked

  • about what they would do for our area if elected.
  • The price of petrol in country areas and how we have no competition.
  • No alternative method of transport other than a car because of our rural location.
  • Lack of doctors and waiting times to see your doctor
  • Shortage of dentists
  • Food prices
  • Property values and the rise in rates
  • Internet speed (and the lack of) and pricing monoploy in the country
  • Removal of govt. infrastructure offices to the capital city instead of having a small office in country areas

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