The three country independents that hold the key to forming a new government have their own list of issues.
Take a look.
Rob Oakeshott: (MP for Lyne)
· Reviving an emissions trading scheme by going back to the Garnaut report.
· Improve services for rural and regional areas, especially health.
· Ensuring better telecommunications and broadband for the bush.
· Getting a ‘fair go’ for rural and regional Australia
Tony Windsor: (MP for New England)
Mr Windsor is campaigning for a better deal for the bush. He submitted to Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott his bid for regional development:
· Regional affairs to be brought more directly under prime ministerial control.
· A full review of the Henry tax reform proposals – including the mining tax.
· Supports a parliamentary committee on climate change and wants Professor Ross Garnaut to update his report.
Bob Katter: (MP for Kennedy)
Mr Katter released a 20-point wish list to both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott. The main points include:
· No Carbon tax, No emissions trading scheme, No mining tax.
· Rural hospitals under the control of a local hospital board.
· Reducing the market concentration of the Coles and Woolworths supermarket duopoly.
· The creation of a national energy grid and the development of more clean fuel (i.e. ethanol)
· Provision of title deeds providing ownership of homes, businesses and farms to indigenous communities.
(Julia Gillard has rejected Mr Katter’s call to raise trade tariffs)