Dubbo residents will have the chance to hear from – and raise issues with – two federal Senate candidates as part of a Conservative Party listening tour this weekend.
Lead candidate for NSW Sophie York, and Riccardo Bosi, will meet with local supporters at Sporties Dubbo Saturday night from 7pm.
The Daily Liberal reports, a barrister, naval legal officer, university lecturer and national spokesperson for Marriage Alliance, Mrs York is based in Sydney but said it wasn’t fair to assume the issues that dominated the recent Wentworth byelection – “rainbow issues”, “climate issues” and whether or not to move the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem – were priorities for regional voters.
“I think that, in Dubbo, those issues are not the priority so it’s very important to leave Sydney and find out what matters in the regions and in rural areas. Definitely,” Mrs York said.
The Conservative Party was founded by South Australian senator Cory Bernadi last year
Mrs York – a long-term member of the Liberal party – joined in February after becoming disenfranchised with the Liberal party’s direction.
She said her new party aimed to implement “good policy for the Australian people” on issues like national security, border protection, immigration levels, and the “reliability of electricity without having it cost a bucket load”.
“What we’ve picked up is that people are concerned about the rate [of immigration]; there’s about 190,000 arriving in Australia each year … and it’s very hard to keep up the infrastructure in the cities,” Mrs York said.
“The Conservatives say we should halve that figure. I’m very interested in seeing how Dubbo people feel about that, given that one of the government’s [proposed] conditions on visas is to make people settle in regional areas. I wonder whether Dubbo people would welcome or want that,” she said.
Mrs York also pledged to “push back against political correctness which is getting out of hand”, and questioned Australia’s emissions reduction target saying the “Paris agreement would actually be terrible for Australia’s prosperity”.
“One of the reasons we’re such a rich country is because we sell $57 billion worth of coal to the world each year,” Mrs York said.
“If they’re able to burn it then why shouldn’t we?” She was concerned Australian school children were being taught “grievance studies” in relation to the country’s colonial history, instead of “true history”.
“We are actually one of the richest, happiest, most stable countries in the world but this is all being put at risk … they’re trying to re-write history,” Mrs York said.
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