NEWCOMER: With three and a half years worth of experience on Griffith City Council, Paul Rossetto will run for the seat of Farrer. Picture: Riley Krause.GRIFFITH City Councillor Paul Rossetto has reitterated he has not left council.
“It upset a lot of people and The Area News regrets that,” Councillor Rossetto said. “My present term in council continues until September 2016 when Local Government elections will be held.” Cr Rossetto has thrown his hat into the ring for the seat of Farrer for the Christian Democratic Party.
“If I am elected to Federal Parliament the Local Government Act requires that I vacate my position on council or because the two elections are so close together if I was elected to Canberra I would not run in the Local Government election in September.Winning the seat of Farrer will be challenging. It depends on the level of discontent. I am hearing there will be a significant protest vote against both major parties. The CDP usually polls at a very low base around 2 per centto 3 per centin the House of Representatives. TheLiberal Party in Farrer has been polling at plus 50 per centin the last few elections. So based on those figures you would have to say the odds are 20:1 against me. However, due to the double dissolution the CDP has a very good chance of electing its first Federal Senator, Mrs Nella Hall representing NSW. The CDP remains the last truly conservative party.”
Cr Rossetto said the federal election was different in 2016.“This year Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera andCarrathool shires have been re-distributed into the Farrer federal electorate,” he said.
“Traditionally those shires mentioned have been National Party voting shires. Because of the ‘non compete’ agreement with the Liberals those National Party voters are being forced to blindly vote for a Liberal sitting member few people know or have even heard of. In essence this non compete agreement strips away National Party rights todemocracy. A point that should make many National Party voters angry. We all know if it wasn’t for the National Party holding the Liberal Party to account, the affects of the MDB Plan would be a lot worse.Mr Rossetto said Member for Farrer Sussan Ley wasrefusing to support the 31 recommendations of the Maddigan/Ljeinhelm Select Senate Inquiry held last year into the MDB Plan. “This is an issue that not only severely affects the MIA but all Murray Darling Basin Communities because it’s like a human being bleeding from a cut on the foot,” he said.“If the bleeding is not stopped the human being will die. Presently, the 31 recommendations are the bandages required to stop the Murray Darling Basin communities from dying as their precious fresh water is wasted through evaporation in the Lower Lakes Alexandrina of South Australia.
The CDP will have a stand at the Riverina Field Days in Woodside Hall.
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