I'll get results: Williamson
INDEPENDENT candidate for Clarence Richie Williamson has dismissed claims that if elected he would not achieve results for the electorate under a Coalition government predicted to win the March state election in a landslide.
Mr Williamson said being an independent he would not have to toe any party line and would fight for the people of Clarence.
“I am totally confident that if elected as an independent in the next government I would be able to get results for the people of Clarence ... I will be able to work with either party,” he said.
ABC election analyst Antony Green told The Australian newspaper on Monday expectations of a landslide win by the Coalition would see the days where an independent member could get resources for their seats under a Labor government come to an end.
“Voters saw an advantage in having independents when it seemed clear the Coalition would not win,” he said.
“The problem the independents have at this election in country areas is that there is going to be a Coalition government and in those circumstances you might be better off with a Coalition MP.”
Mr Williamson said public support for him as an independent candidate had been very positive and it was still possible the Coalition could lose the seat of Clarence.
“An independent would be the champion of the Clarence and ensure we would not be lost if the predicted landslide did occur,” he said.
Incumbent Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said Mr Williamson had already demonstrated he could not work with the Coalition.
“He has criticised the person who will be the next deputy premier and minister for roads and his $200 million policy on black spot funding by not knowing about it, not understanding it, which shows his inexperience,” Mr Cansdell said.
When Labor is in power, Mr Cansdell said, they “drip feed” independents who have won power in conservative seats because it suits the party and their agenda. “If the Coalition is in power they won’t be drip fed ... it is as simple as that.”