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.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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