Country pressure for new leader

29 Mar, 2006 08:45 PM

WAFARMERS is hoping the change of leadership within the WA Liberal Party will mean good news for country communities.

WAFarmers president Trevor De Landgrafft said Opposition leader Paul Omodei would be aware of many of the issues facing isolated regions because of his strong rural roots.

"WAFarmers has enjoyed regular communications with Mr Omodei for many years and his agricultural background will be a useful asset in lessening the burgeoning country/city divide," Mr De Landgrafft said.

"Given the reduced country representation through the State Government's one-vote, one-value legislation, now more than ever it will be crucial to have an opposition party voicing the concerns of country people.

"There are many crucial issues facing agricultural industries including water resource security, the GM debate and maintaining basic services to country towns and WAFarmers looks forward to maintaining the good working relationship with Mr Omodei."

Meanwhile, the WA Supreme Court will hear an appeal against the State Government's one-vote, one-value legislation on April 8.

The challenge will contend that Attorney-General Jim McGinty ordered a number of WA acts to be changed to allow the legislation to pass through Parliament.


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