An effective regional voice
The importance of regional communities cannot be understated.
We provide the electricity, food, materials and space for recreation used by city and country people. We provide the produce, transportation and beauty that promotes our country across the world.
We also pay significantly higher fuel and energy costs, do not enjoy comparable levels of service for other infrastructure and feel we have been let down by ill-informed policy advice from city-based bureaucrats whose only exposure to country life is watching "McLeod's Daughters".
Some MPs claim to represent regional Victoria, but live and work out of Melbourne. Their claims have to be seen in that light.
Unlike the other major parties, Country Alliance is dedicated solely to the interests of regional communities, and setting policies to address the imbalance that has come about with the influence of 'urban greenies'.
These are the sorts of issues Country Alliance is committed to addressing.
Country Alliance was formed out of concerns among various interest groups.
A series of meetings in the first half of 2004 led to a commitment to proceed with the formation of Country Alliance. We obtained registration in Victoria in 2005 and contested the 2006 and 2010 Victorian state elections in three and then four of the eight upper house regions.
At the 2010 state election, we averaged over 4% in both the upper and lower houses and came within 3% of a quota from getting a candidate elected in the Northern Victoria Region.
The party is now egistered for federal elections and is preparing for the election on 14 September. Our next challenge after that will be the Victorian state election in late 2014.