Pennie Scott to stand as Independent for seat of Riverina

Pennie Scott is standing as an Independent in the Federal seat of Riverina.

Pennie Scott is standing as an Independent in the Federal seat of Riverina.

Local resident Pennie Scott is standing as an Independent for the Federal seat of Riverina.

The seat has been held by the National Party for the past 40 years.

The former leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, has been the incumbent for the past 11 years.

Ms Scott said Mr McCormack has "had numerous opportunities during this time to instigate change and develop visionary policies in response to his constituents requests but, he has not".

"Despite repeated calls to take action in response to the changing climate with more extreme weather events affecting not only the Riverina but all of Australia and our Pacific Ocean neighbours, the Member for Riverina has, instead, recommitted the party's ties with the Fossil Fuel industries using taxpayer funds to continue subsidising this CO2-emitting sector," she said.

"He does not listen, or care.

"This is why I am standing. One of our most precious resources - water - has been commodified and politicised to the point it has become so expensive at times our farmers can't buy it to grow food.

"The functionality of the Murray Darling Basin continues to oscillate as a result of inequality of water distribution from the northern to southern basins, especially due to floodplain harvesting for growing cotton.

"This prevents natural flows from reaching the lower reaches of the Darling Baarka River and Menindee Lakes, and takes water from southern basin environments and irrigators to fulfil the required allocation to South Australia.

"The Nationals aid and abet their donating cotton-growing mates and this is immoral and unfair.

"This is why I am standing - to provide transparency and integrity for all matters.

"Where was any response from the Member for Riverina when the diabolical treatment of Ms Brittany Higgins was revealed in her toxic workplace, the Australian parliament? Nothing. He could have made an appearance at the March in Canberra but, no, he showed his stance by being invisible with no comment.

"You can't trust the Nationals to advocate for women; that's why I am standing.

"The time for bullying party politics is over," she said.

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