Gilmore out in the cold
It would appear the South Coast Register is in a tad of mourning as a result of conservatives winning the election.
There appeared to be a slight bent towards Labor and the soft support given to the Labor candidate Mrs Fiona Phillips.
I imagine they along with the Labor faithful were convinced by the polls that strongly indicated a Labor victory.
How wrong they were.
The silent majority had spoken but alas not in the seat of Gilmore.
More embarrassment for the Shoalhaven as they voted against the Australia wide trend and chose Labor.
Labor's dilemma since has required them to elect a new leader, rejig the front bench positions and embark on a listening tour.
Sorry, Labor, you had your chance and you blew it, poor policies adopted along ideological lines as against mainstream thinking.
The folly of Gilmore's actions will not be fully realised until a constituent has a problem and they face the fact their local member is in opposition.
Not much impact there I would say but any pain felt will be labelled, self inflicted.
Again I say, well done the Shoalhaven, not!
B. Cumberland, North Nowra
Become a donor today
It takes 18 people donating blood monthly to treat just one person living with blood cancer.
That is the reason this National Blood Donor Week (June 9-15), the Leukaemia Foundation is challenging more Australians to come forward and become regular blood donors.
More than 100,000 Australians are currently affected by blood cancer, including people in your local community, and many of these people require regular donated blood products to manage their cancer.
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Staying the same
Post-election wash-up. Scott Morrison election policies: Scott Morrison's slogan. "If things don't change they'll stay the same as they are".