I RECALL reading an article that was written after last year’s Northcote by-election reporting that the Coalition could be responsible for letting the Greens into our state parliament.
This theory was based on the premise that the Liberals didn’t contest the Northcote by-election and may not stand candidates in Labor-held inner city seats for the upcoming state election.
In 2014, Labor won the state election with an election commitment to axe the previous Liberal Government’s East West tunnel.
It’s reported that this promise saved one or two inner city Labor seats from falling to the Greens.
Just last week the Coalition sided with the Greens to block planning law changes to allow the West Gate Tunnel to proceed.
There are reports that up to 400 jobs in regional Victoria are in limbo and, by holding up construction, it will delay its finish time.
This is a prime example of how the inner city is influencing decisions that affect regional and rural Victorians.
I don’t think it’s in the best interests of rural Victoria to have the Coalition sympathising with the Greens.
It appears to me that the Liberal Party is putting their own interests before that of their coalition partners and having too much influence over the decisions made by the Coalition.
I believe the Coalition should support projects that benefit regional and rural areas instead of supporting the Greens and their ideology.
It appears to me that the Liberal Party is only interested in protecting their own inner city seats that are also under threat from the Greens.
If the Liberal Party is going to continue working with the Greens and having a bet “each way”, then I think it is in our best interests for The Nationals to walk away from the Liberal Party and abolish the Coalition.
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