Australian Labor Party candidate for Farrer Gavin Hickey visited voters in Barooga last week in a bid to secure votes ahead of Saturday’s election.By Randall Johnston
Australian Labor Party candidate for Farrer Gavin Hickey visited voters in Barooga on Wednesday afternoon in a bid to secure votes ahead of the September 7 election.
Mr Hickey joined the labour party about a year ago shortly after moving to Albury, attracted among other things by the good environmental ethics behind the Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme.
‘‘I am alarmed that Tony Abbot wants to abolish the carbon tax,’’ he said.
‘‘I think it’s the most effective way to deal with global warming.
‘‘I don’t want to see the area around here drying up and I think it’s the responsible thing to do.
‘‘It is definitely encouraging companies to look more seriously at renewable energy generation, which I think is a good thing and an area where Australia is lagging behind even developing countries.’’
Mr Hickey attended Cobram Secondary College, played cricket for Cobram United and tennis for Barooga before leaving to study history and international politics at university in Melbourne.
An English and humanities teacher at Wodonga Middle Years College, Mr Hickey said he enjoyed meeting with people in Barooga, saying that Labor had far better policies for people in regional Australia than the Liberal Party.
He said people in regional NSW would pay more for broadband internet that those in the city if the Liberal Party wins the election and would not have access to the better education the Better Schools Program would provide under a Labor Governement.
‘‘The biggest issue for Farrer is the inequality in services and opportunities which exists between country Australia and the cities.’’
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