Labor candidate and former minister for the Environment and Energy Nick Xenophon has accused Labor of having a “lack of political courage” in their campaign to win the seat of New South the seat the party won by a large margin in the last election.
“I’ve been calling for more than five years for a new Labor government to be brought into government and I’ve been very clear with them that they need to do more,” Mr Xenophon told the ABC on Thursday.
The Greens have yet to confirm their candidate for the seat, while the Liberals have said they would not run in the seat if they were to win it. “
That’s why I’ve always been very, very clear, that if you’re going to get into government in the next parliament, the Liberal Party and the Greens have got to work together.”
The Greens have yet to confirm their candidate for the seat, while the Liberals have said they would not run in the seat if they were to win it.
Mr Xenich said the Labor government should stay out of the public sphere.
“In this election, they’re taking the position that the public shouldn’t have a say in the election.
It’s really sad.
I’m hoping that’s just the beginning of a real discussion in the government, because this is a government that’s very concerned about the environment and the economy,” he said.
“We’ve got a long way to go and we’ve got to get a government together. “
“It’s just really sad.” “
Mr Xenoch said the Liberal party was being “hijacked” by the Abbott Government and would do whatever it could to keep the Liberals from winning the seat. “
It’s just really sad.”
Mr Xenoch said the Liberal party was being “hijacked” by the Abbott Government and would do whatever it could to keep the Liberals from winning the seat.
“Labor’s been hijacked by the Liberals, the Liberals are going to have to take some responsibility and I think the Liberals need to work with Labor and the Coalition to get rid of the Liberals,” he told ABC radio.
“But I think Labor’s got a responsibility to get their own house in order and they’re going do that.”
The seat of Newcastle has been a Coalition seat since the 1990s.
Mr Xenophon also called on Labor to take responsibility for their “failure” in the Senate to pass a bill to abolish the carbon tax, which he said was a “very, very, serious issue” for the country.
He said he was “absolutely appalled” by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent statement that the carbon price was not a “fiscal stimulus” and that it would have “a disastrous impact” on the economy.
“Labor has got a real problem, and it will be a real, very serious problem, that they have a lack of political bravery and they have got a lack on the confidence and the political leadership of the party to be able to make that commitment,” he added.
“They’ve got very strong views on the carbon emissions that are going into the economy and I’m very sorry if I’ve offended anyone by saying that, but I don’t think it was a wise thing to say at that time.”
I think it will become even more clear in the coming days and weeks that Labor is a party of fiscal recklessness and it doesn’t have the political courage to stand up and say that they’ve got it right and to stand for the budget.