The unpredictable outcome of politics was evident early last Saturday evening (May 18) with Scott Morrison doing what was thought to be the impossible.
The seat of Shortland also had its changes with the, Pat Conroy, occupied Labor stronghold having a sizable swing against it.
Nell McGill, the Coalition candidate, had a surprising positive swing, and a newcomer to politics coming in a respectable third was Greens’ candidate, Wiley Campbell.
The informal vote was a reflection on most of the candidates, having over 6,184 local people (6.77 per cent) not willing to give their approval to any candidate.
Climate change and the environment were the winners and they are quickly becoming the younger generation’s major point of concern.
Seismic testing off our coastline barely had a mention, yet now, Pat Conroy, cannot sit on party lines anymore, saying that he will go with the science because the science is wrong, or it has major conflicts of interest.
The writing is on the wall, that being, that any candidate for future local, state or federal elections will need to have greater environmental credentials if they wish to survive.
The communities of Newcastle and the Central Coast do not want gas rigs off their beaches and if they are approved, God help those who give them the green light.
Email, May 20
Gary Blaschke, Lake Munmorah