They are not listening, ‘they’ being the government.
The fact that they lost ground right across Western Sydney, even losing strategic seats that they thought were safe is not worthy of mention now that ‘they’ have a mandate to rule.
Mandate to rule…….
I wonder what that means.
I take the point that as the LNP have won a majority of seats they do fit the description of having a mandate to do something and that something is head up our government and not (as seems to be the interpretation) a mandate to tell us all what we will like whether we actually like it or not.
Given the following:
Nationally first preferences for the two major parties were pretty low:
28.59% for Liberal
35.71% for Labor
The only thing I feel the government has a mandate for is to listen very carefully to the people and to consider and be grateful for the wide range of views that got them their precarious mandate.
And when it comes to listening Western Sydney is where that listening should start:
Western Sydney is LABOR. Here are the swing numbers:
Paramatta + 6.19% swing
Lindsay + 3.98%
Chiffley + 8.42%
Greenway + 3.71%
McMannon + 7.5%
Macquarie + 7.04%
Fowler + 4.84%
Blaxland + 8.51%
So when the minister for major projects Paul Fletcher rocks up on radio to talk up his big-ticket item ‘Badgery’s Creek Airport’ with Wendy Harmer I suggest he take a good look at these figures followed by a deep and reflective look at his policies and proposals before he declares with confidence that the airport and the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra that accompanied it had little impact on voting behaviour.
Us Westies are not stupid.
And neither are we in the habit of liking it when a Northern Beaches liberal tells us what we need and want.
PS: I am not implying that the airport was the number one issue for the liberal party losing votes. It may not have even been in the top ten across the region but it was one of a number of key issues that contributed to the slide and each one of these issues deserves to be dealt with rather than ignored or minimised.