I WISH to comment on the news article quoting Gippsland MHR Darren Chester.
I choked on my breakfast cereal as I wondered if Mr Chester worked in a parallel parliament to the one I have witnessed over the past several years.
Granted, there have been huge distractions in the Labor Party, but to baldly state that there has been no real policy decisions had me shaking my head in disbelief.
Do the National Disabilities Scheme, the National Broadband Network, Gonski school funding or the Building Education Revolution ring any bells?
I would have thought that at least 530 pieces of legislation being passed through the Senate was a sign of a government doing something and functioning.
To negotiate Bills with a minority government through independents and a hostile opposition of which Mr Chester is a member was an achievement.
Obviously his definition of a dysfunctional government is at odds with what I believe is dysfunctional.
Then the kicker stating he was taking nothing for granted in the seat of Gippsland.
That is what the National Party, both at federal and state levels, have done in this area all their lives.
I am scratching my head as to what Mr Chester’s predecessor achieved in his decades in parliament for this area and am waiting with bated breath for his list in the same period of time.
What is needed is for Gippsland to become a marginal seat.
Sadly, I will not see it in my time.