THE Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party (SFFP) say they are targeting National Party seats like Cootamundra for Orange by-election like boil-overs at the next state election.
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SFFP Upper House MLC Robert Borsak said the National Party are out of touch with rural constituents.
"The Nats feel they are entitled to just turn up and get regional seats but they haven't worked for rural constituents for years,” he said.
"Nats like Katrina Hodgkinson allow themselves to be bullied by their colleagues in the Liberal Party and although the Nats have talked tough recently, they still do nothing for rural communities. "They said they'd de-amalgamate councils and they haven't, we know the Hilltops merger is not popular but it is still going ahead.”
Mr Borsak said his party have a good opportunity of winning seats at the next state election.
“The forced council amalgamations issue will still be alive come election time, the LNP government have stopped only two going ahead, all the others won’t be undone in the bush. “I have put forward a notice of a bill in the house that calls for a referendum in all local council areas asking the question of whether or not those voters want to have their councils forcibly amalgamated. “If that bill does not succeed in passing through parliament we will carry that issue all the way to the election and we are sure that will cause all kinds of problems for the National Party.”
But Cootamundra MP Katrina Hodgkinson does not appear to be worried by the SFFP saying "We live in a democracy” when asked for her reaction to Mr Borsak’s statements.
Mr Borsak said his Party are not concerned about One Nation taking votes from them.
“We want to be the right wing party of choice,” he said. “Our view is that you can’t build a party based on racism and prejudice you have to have policies, they don’t have them.” “The thing about One Nation is they are a cult of personality and that is not sustainable, the same thing will happen to them in NSW that happened in Western Australia.”
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