But no time for complacency as Sussan Ley enters her fifth term as the Member for Farrer.By Zoe McMaugh
Having a local member in government has been the ultimate goal of Sussan Ley supporters in the local area – and it has been achieved.
Ms Ley, who now enters her fifth term as the Member for Farrer, won with an overwhelming majority.
Her Coalition, which also dominated the polls across the country, is now in the process of forming a new government.
Assisting Ms Ley at the polls at the Deniliquin High School on Saturday, Joan Douglas said a change in government showed that people were fed up with Labor.
‘‘I always say that if the politics are not right, the people are not happy.
‘‘We can now look forward to at least three years with a stable government.
‘‘Sussan has been fighting an uphill battle for six years – she couldn’t even get a meeting with a minister (in the Labor Government), including on the (Murray-Darling) basin plan.
‘‘It will be vastly different with our local member in government.
‘‘Everyone was so sick of the rhetoric that we’ve got from Labor for years.
‘‘Labor lost sight of what their job was and that they were elected by the people.’’
Mrs Douglas said Ms Ley’s re-election was a ‘‘sensational outcome’’.
Also assisting at the Deniliquin High School polls on Saturday were Deniliquin couple Vicki Meyer and Russell Tait, who agreed change was what Farrer and Australia needed.
‘‘We wanted to help at the polls because you’ve got to stand up for something,’’ Ms Meyer said.
‘‘We had such an unstable Labor Government, and this really was the time to support Liberal.’’
Ms Meyer said the challenge for Ms Ley now was to look after rural and regional Australia.
‘‘There are now no more reasons not to do something for our regions,’’ she said.
‘‘Being in opposition she could not get much done, but now is the time to look after the regions.
‘‘She has definitely heard we are not happy about the water, and let’s also get our manufacturing sectors up.’’
Mr Tait, who owns a Deniliquin transport company, said Ms Ley and the Coalition must not become complacent because of the support they have been shown.
‘‘Even though it’s a huge majority, we don’t want to be taken for granted. The election was a good result – we have a local member in government. And we’re hoping Barnaby Joyce will be water minister.’’
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