Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the ALP for its blatant disregard for northern and regional Australia after the results of a survey revealed only two per cent of Labor voters are interested in regional Australia.
Senator Macdonald said it was the third time in less than a month that Labor have revealed the extent of their ignorance and disinterest in regional issues, after dumping their only northern-based Senator, Jan McLucas, from their Senate Ticket, and more recent attempts to drown out a question relating to the Northern Australia in the Senate two weeks ago.
Senator Macdonald said he is calling on the ALP’s only Senate representative in the north, Jan McLucas, to explain the party’s position on regional issues.
“At a time when the Coalition Government is making a record investment in unlocking the huge potential of Northern Australia, Labor is completely apathetic when it comes to regional development,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald was commenting on a leaked Labor Party email showing that Labor voters weren’t at all interested in discussing or obtaining further information on regional Australia.
He said residents in the north had a particular reason to feel short-changed by the ALP, with Labor party leader Bill Shorten visiting Townsville twice in recent weeks to grandstand his party’s vision for the city.
“Its obvious Labor is attempting to score cheap political points in an effort to mask their disinterest in the north.
“By pledging $100million for a stadium project that no-one has yet seen a business case for, they really are trying to blindside the voting public with their empty promises.
“This is just further evidence of the desperate measures the ALP will stoop to in order to remain relevant, despite their back room deals with the Green and the Unions, who we all know are calling the shots in this farcical relationship.”