Labor’s candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton has urged residents to make the most of the final two days of National Party interest in the region – before voting for a change on Saturday.
“I just wish that the carloads of National Party operatives they’ve been sending up from Sydney could have brought back some of the $800 million of mining royalties we send down,” said Mr Drayton.
I would definitely encourage people to make the most of these unusual times because no matter who wins on Saturday you can be assured that the National Party will forget about us again.
“In just six weeks we have had some good wins: whether it’s Kayuga rural fire brigade getting a station, Singleton getting the full bypass it deserves and Muswellbrook Hospital getting an operating theatre for its surgical ward.
“One thing is certain though, the Nationals will go missing again after Saturday, just like they were missing for 90 years.
“So I’m urging residents to enjoy this flurry of interest. Spot a National while you can, then vote for a candidate who will fight for you every day of the year, not just during a crucial by-election. That’s what I will do.”
Six weeks of campaigning in the Upper Hunter by-election has exposed the National Party’s serious neglect over decades, said Mr Drayton.
“I’ve lived in this electorate all my life and I know our roads, hospitals and schools have been badly neglected. That’s why I put my hand up.
“But six weeks of campaigning has given me a deeper understanding of the true level of need in our communities – whether its emergency housing or caseworker support for our at-risk kids.
“We send $800 million a year to Sydney in mining royalties and we shouldn’t have to beg for services and infrastructure taken for granted in the city.
“This election will be close. A vote for the National Party means our region will just keep sending money down to Sydney while getting nothing in return.
“I’m asking voters to give me a chance, so I can fight for our fair share.”