As Victorian election approaches Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy fires opening salvos against opponents so far.LAURA HURLEY August 28, 2014 3:12am
State Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy has come out on the attack against other political parties as Victoria prepares for the upcoming state election.
Mr McCurdy is serving his first term in State Parliament for the Nationals.
He said if Labor was to win power, Victorians would essentially have the same front bench as the previous Labor Government.
His comments come as recent polls suggest a Labor victory when Victorians head to the booths in November.
‘‘If you vote Labor in, you’re not getting a new government, you’re getting the old guys back again, you’re getting all the old names .
He said he had met the Greens candidate for Ovens Valley, Jamie McCaffrey.
He believed the community was calling for environmental action, but the Greens’ policies were ‘‘too extreme’’.
‘‘Our communities are demanding nowadays that we think more in terms of the environment,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘I don’t think they’re (the Greens) in the best shape to run the Victorian government, I’ve got no doubt about it.’’
Mr McCurdy was also concerned about the Palmer United Party’s move into state politics.
The Palmer United Party has promised to put forward a candidate in every electorate, but has not announced a candidate for Ovens Valley.
‘‘Nobody likes being dictated to or held at ransom. And I think that’s what the Palmer United Party have proved that’s what they’re doing federally, and I think that’s what they’ll do at state if they can,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer responded to Mr McCurdy’s comments in a written statement.
The Federal Member for Fairfax said he was looking forward to PUP taking on the major political parties in the state election.
‘‘The Palmer United Party is gaining support around Australia with voters disenchanted by the major party duopoly,’’ he said.
‘‘Palmer United Party wants to make a difference in Victoria, particularly in seats such as Murray Valley.
‘‘In many respects, Victoria has been forgotten by the major parties and the state is facing an economic crisis with the pending closure of the two Ford Australia plants.’’
Mr McCurdy said he didn’t know what to expect if he served his second term in opposition, but remained optimistic the Coalition would retain a majority of seats.
‘‘It’s interesting having been a first term member, I don’t know what it’s like going in as the incumbent,’’ he said.
‘‘I certainly hope that we’re not in opposition, no doubt about that. I don’t know any other way.
‘‘I’m certainly not cocky .
Labor has yet to announce a candidate for the Ovens Valley electorate.
Both the Greens and Labor were approached for comment.
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