Some of the letters in the papers (particularly the local paper) are obviously from cranks, but many are worthwhile, and this one in this week’s Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader just perfectly enunciates what I suspect a lot of people are thinking:
Libs need to state policies
IN RESPONSE to the letter by the Liberal candidate for Bentleigh, Elizabeth Miller (Opinion, February 2), I would like to point out the following.
As a public transport user I am well aware of the quality (or the lack of it) of our public transport system.
As an IT professional I have known all along the myki system would be a disaster.
However, what I do not know is who I should vote for in November. The Labor government was unable to improve public transport, or public health services, despite being in power for more than a decade.
The Liberals, on the other hand, haven’t proposed a single real alternative on any issue.
I haven’t even heard about a Liberal candidate for Bentleigh until now.
Stating the obvious and simply saying, “they are bad”, is really not enough.
What do you propose, Ms Miller?
How exactly is your party going to improve our transport? Will you have the courage to say that myki was a horrendous disaster and, yes, the money was wasted but we should just stop it now before we waste even more? What steps will you take to improve the health system? Will you look into the ridiculous stamp duties on property purchases before you announce some other grant?
What is the point of giving with one hand and taking with the other?
The list of issues is long and as a voter I would like to see some definitive answers.
The opposition has stated one clear policy in the realm of public transport: that of security on every railway station, every night, which while expensive, would certainly go a long way towards alleviating fear of crime on the train network.
Other than that — well let’s hope that before too long they announce what else they’d do if elected, in that portfolio and all the others.