MP disappointed with independents
FEDERAL MP for Maranoa Bruce Scott couldn’t hide the disappointment in his voice as news reached him of the LNP’s defeat at the hands of Labor.
Mr Scott said his day began well yesterday with the formal declaration of the Maranoa poll, but didn’t end on such a great note after Julia Gillard prepared to take the reigns after independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott sided with Labor to give it a narrow majority.
It has taken more than two weeks for a decision to be made as the three independent carried on discussions.
Bob Katter was first to announce his decision to support the Coalition, with the other two not making their decision until later in the day.
“I’m disappointed the two independents went with Labor,” Mr Scott told the Daily News.
“I believe the LNP plan was the best policy that would have delivered to regional and rural Australia without new taxes.”
He said he had remained hopeful throughout the campaign as well as the aftermath, and he had been optimistic the Coalition would get the support of all three independents.
“I commend Bob Katter for his decision to support the LNP,” Mr Scott said.
“After all, the LNP across Australia received more primary votes, more two party preferred votes, more seats in the House of Representatives and more seats in the Senate.
“This was a clear indication that the people of Australia wanted a change.”
Mr Scott, who was re-elected with more than 57,000 primary votes, was philosophical and determined for the future.
“Obviously this is democracy and I have to work with the new parliament,” he said.
“I will certainly be fighting to get some of the promised money that’s been spoken about delivered to my electorate in Maranoa.”
Mr Scott said he wanted to see promised funding for health and communications arrive into the area, as well as money for road improvements.
He insisted he would be pursuing his election pledges, one of which was to improve conditions surrounding Youth Allowance.
“Families and students living in Warwick have to work the same number of hours as those living in the city,” he said.
“This is one of the first things that could be changed before the end of the calendar year so families can plan for their future education.”