Backing the Australian Conservatives at the upcoming State Election will deliver a strong rural voice in the Upper House, according to member of the Legislative Council Robert Brokenshire who toured the region recently in his bid to be re-elected.
The Loxton News reports, fellow Australian Conservatives Upper House candidate, local woman Nicolle Jachmann, made an appearance at Loxton Lutheran School with Mr Brokenshire last month.
Mr Brokenshire said locals need to consider how country South Australia is represented in the Upper House.
“We’ve got a good story to tell the people of the Riverland if they give us a chance up here to prove that we can do better for the Riverland and Chaffey,” he said.
“We won’t be apologising for focusing on country people.”
Mrs Jachmann said backing her in the upcoming election will bolster the Legislative Council’s rural focus and provide a Riverland voice.“When it actually comes to the Upper House, regional South Australia isn’t represented well at all,” she said.
“Robert is currently the only country South Australian in the Upper House and I think it’s really important and a really good opportunity for the people of country South Australia and the Riverland to get more of a voice in the Upper House of Parliament.”
“Country SA really does not have much of a voice at all at the moment.”
The Australian Conservatives’ focus is on growing country South Australia, according to Mr Brokenshire. “We have a significant decentralisation program that we will be bringing out during the election campaign,” he said.
“We are committed to growing the regions, growing all aspects of agriculture, improving mental health and country health, education opportunities in the country, and road infrastructure.”
Mr Brokenshire urged locals to vote for Mrs Jachmann on polling day.
“Nicolle has incredible experience to bring in aged care and we’ll be focused on improving all of the resourcing around reducing domestic violence and we want to focus on best practice aged care for South Australia,” he said.
“Nicolle’s experience there, plus all of her other experience – her economic experience, her farming experience, her experience as a mother and a wife – will do her well if she gets into Parliament. That’s what we’re asking the people to do – give us a chance to get her there.”
To see the Australian Conservatives’ 2018 Election Plan for South Australia, click here.