Opinion

Nationals too late to the party

By James Bennett

The decision to poll the community about their feelings on the super school came too late from the Nationals.

This poll needed to be done 12 months ago — not less than six months out from term one.

Although a Liberal member, Wendy Lovell has told Victorian Parliament numerous times how parents feel about the State Government's consultation, so to ask this question in the poll seems puzzling considering the Coalition already know about community concern.

As the Coalition were cast into the abyss of Victorian politics at the last state election they have nothing to lose by conducting the poll, considering the seat of Shepparton is independently held.

The Nationals know all too well this seat is held by an Independent because they asked in the poll if people were concerned about the local member's view of the Shepparton Education Plan.

Is State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed risking her position by backing the plan?

Listening to Education Minister James Merlino on ABC Ballarat last week, it was clear he will not back down from the plan.

The Coalition knew this before the poll was conducted.

- James Bennett