Factional issues wear thin
The old adage that says "if you can't govern yourselves you can't govern the country" is being put to the test here in Gilmore.
The local Liberals and Nationals have faithfully mirrored the division and distrust amongst themselves as their federal government friends have been doing for ages
Crude factionalism has meant they have no climate change policy to take to this election. Arguably, climate change is the biggest issue facing us.
The Liberal preselection process resulted in scandal as a competent sitting member was overthrown only for the victor to then be casually cast aside to be supplanted by a former ALP federal president from Sydney's leafy north shore who had been looking at running as a Liberal Democrat.
The "captain's pick" rode roughshod over the local branch members' decision. No wonder there is anger in the ranks.
Through their bickering and division they have posed a serious challenge for the electorate.
How can voters have faith that any of them will rise above factional issues and seriously confront the concerns of the local people of Gilmore?
G. Thompson, Labor, Shoalhaven Heads
Sign of payback
The Liberal National Party coalition appears to be falling apart.
Firstly the preselected Gilmore Liberal candidate was stabbed in the back by Scott Morrison who then parachuted in his preference, Warren Mundine, a defector from another party.
Now the joke continues with our former long term member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash, who it seems lost control of the party machine in Gilmore due to some good old in-house back stabbing.
Now Joanna Gash is supporting the Nationals candidate, Katrina Hodgkinson. This again appears to be another payback to the Liberals from a former loyal member.
The latest revelation of Ms Gash's sign written car with Katrina Hodgkinson's name displayed appears to be an act of deception that may not go down well in the public mind.
D. Phelps, Parma
Empty chair a poor look
Well A Hutichson, your letter to SCR (April 26), in which you refer to my letter of April 10, could be said at best a tad delusional.
You appear to be most familiar with the personal attributes of the aspiring member for Gilmore Mrs Fiona Phillips but most unfamiliar with her political event diary.
The fact is, in essence, Labor was represented at the Paul Murray Pub Test event by a vacant chair.
The reasons for this may be of some conjecture but as at other similar Paul Murray events Labor chose not to be present and answer the questions from the local constituents.
There appears to be a trend developing here of the non attendance of local Labor aspirants and this would surely be an indication of senior party figures trying to micro manage election campaigns.
This may also indicate a lack of confidence in local candidates to articulate party policy in a competent manner.
Finally I say to the Labor Party, we the voters elect the local members and the sight of a vacant chair provides absolutely no information but can only instil much doubt in voters minds as to the ability of the aspiring local member to represent, simple as that.
B. Cumberland, North Nowra
Is she or isn't she?
Ann Sudmalis on Thursday, April 11 celebrated her first day as former Member for Gilmore. But we received a personal letter dated April 15 signed by Ann Sudmalis, Member for Gilmore with an application for a postal vote enclosed. Was it fake news on April 11 and is she spending her electorate allowance as the former Member for Gilmore or as the sitting Member for Gilmore until election day? The taxpayer needs an answer.