No candidate - Labor still ignoring Gippsland South
Less than three months out from the Victorian state election the fight for the lower house seat of Gippsland South remains a one-horse race. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said it highlighted just how little the Labor Party cares about Gippsland.
With both Labor and the Greens so far failing to nominate a candidate Mr O’Brien remains the only contender for the Gippsland South electorate.
“If you want a demonstration of how little Labor cares about our electorate, this is it. Labor didn’t bother running in the 2015 by-election and in 2014 their candidate was the PA to Labor’s state secretary – a Melbourne resident who didn’t even set foot in Gippsland.”
Despite the lack of competition, Mr O’Brien said his focus was on ensuring the people of Gippsland South continued to have a strong local voice in Parliament.
“Perhaps Labor doesn’t think Gippsland South is worth fighting for, but I will continue to work hard to earn the support of the people of Gippsland South. It’s not something that I will ever take for granted,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We have achieved some good results in this region in the past four years but could do so much better with The Nationals in government.”
Earlier this year Daniel Andrews was critical of the Liberal Party for failing to announce Bendigo candidates five months out from the election, saying:
“It is perhaps a very clear sign that the Liberal Party don’t take Bendigo that seriously, if only just these few months before the election they don’t even have candidates in place.”
Mr O’Brien said Daniel Andrews is now condemned by his own words with respect to Gippsland South (the Liberals have since announced a Bendigo candidate).
“Labor has shown time and time again that it only cares about city votes. It’s done that by ignoring funding needs for the Princes Highway duplication to Sale, Korumburra Secondary College and Foster Primary School, among others,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I am committed to the people of Gippsland and ensuring that regional people are well-represented in Parliament. I will welcome some electoral competition – it is necessary for our democracy to function.”
Mr O’Brien was elected to the lower house seat of Gippsland South in a 2015 by-election after spending 12 months in the upper house as a Member for Eastern Victoria Region.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is waiting for an opponent less than three months out from the state election.