Member for Mallee Andrew Broad has opened up about the difficulties behind engaging an over 80,000 square kilometre electorate in what are his last months as member for the seat.
Although Mr Broad will not be re-contesting the seat of Mallee at this year’s federal election after damning allegations were made against him by New Idea last month, the Nationals MP half-jokingly told his local paper, the Sunraysia Daily, last week that he has “no idea” how communities like Maryborough could have anything in common with other towns, like Mildura, in the large electorate.
The Central Goldfields Shire’s move from the division of Wannon to the Mallee, which occurred in July last year following the redistribution of federal electorates, was strongly protested by council and the community.
The Mallee’s main centre in the north is Mildura, which is over 400 kilometres from Maryborough and is where Mr Broad is based.
Although he will not re-contest the seat, Mr Broad will continue in his role as MP until the election and gave his first media interview since the New Idea scandal broke to the Sunraysia Daily earlier this month.
Mr Broad half-jokingly suggested the Mallee electorate, which covers one third of the state, would be better to “job share” and said constituents across the region often asked why he didn’t visit more.
“So how the communities of Maryborough have anything in common with the communities of Mildura, or the community of Cohuna has anything in common with Beulah, I have no idea,” he told the Daily.
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