Member for Murray Sharman Stone will serve her sixth term after winning more than 61 per cent of the primary votes in the Federal election.By Trent Horneman
Member for Murray Sharman Stone will serve a sixth term.
Dr Stone won 61.64 per cent of the primary vote, a swing of 2.55 per cent against her from the last election, but strengthened her grip on the seat with 71.23 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.
Echuca voters backed Dr Stone, winning the two-party vote in six of Echuca’s seven polling venues.
With the Coalition in power, Dr Stone said the government would set about easing pressure on the agricultural and production industries.
Dr Stone said she wanted the government to fix problems with the Murray Darling Basin Plan, carbon tax, mining tax and fringe benefits tax as a priority.
‘‘Today is the start of a new era,’’ she said.
‘‘Personally, I would like to see the SPC issue looked at, including anti-dumping and safeguard measures.
‘‘The Murray Darling Basin Plan needs to be adjusted. The Labor Government offered $1.7 billion compensation for destroying prime agricultural land in order to keep the mouth of the Murray River open 95 per cent of the time.
‘‘If is not natural for it to be open, in nature there are times when water will trickle through and then times of flood where water will rush through.
‘‘There was no scientific basis for the decision, it’s just nonsense.’’
Dr Stone crossed the floor while in opposition to oppose the basin plan, while the Coalition — led by new Prime Minister Tony Abbott — vowed to review it once in power.
Dr Stone said she was confident the government would be true to its word.
‘‘As a government (we) are deadly serious about these issues,’’ she said.
While Labor took a beating across the country, Murray candidate Rod Higgins said he learned a lot about from the election.
Mr Higgins was philosophical about the result, saying issues surrounding party leadership hurt Labor’s brand.
‘‘A lot of people are not interested in politics and when they see the media cover Labor in-fighting it does not help the cause,’’ he said.
Mr Higgins also cited a lack of resources as another obstacle he had to overcome.
‘‘I think we only had about 50 per cent of polling booths manned. It is hard to win without that support,’’ he said.
Like many rural Australian areas, Murray is a safely held Coalition seat since the 1940s, while the task confronting Mr Higgins was great, he still wanted people to open their minds.
‘‘I tried to sell the message of marginalising the seat. Neither party will notice Murray the way it is,’’ he said.
The Greens, Katter’s Australia Party, Sex Party and the Palmer United Party could only manage between 2 and 4 per cent of the primary vote.
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