Macarthur Matters with Dr Mike Freelander: Working in a bipartisan manner

2020 has been a very difficult year for Australians. From devastating bushfires, to floods, and now to the COVID-19 crisis; the very way we live and work has changed.

As we now look to our economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19, it is vital that we work in a bipartisan manner and govern in the interests of all Australians.

Indeed, I have sought to work in a bipartisan manner to address the health crisis, having been appointed by the Government to an advisory committee to assist the Chief Medical Officer and the National Cabinet throughout this crisis. It is imperative that Government do the same in our economic recovery, by finally providing desperately needed infrastructure to our growing community.

Our economy was floundering well before the bushfires hit and well before the outbreak of COVID-19.

Macarthur's unemployment and underemployment figures were already well above the national average, and yet the Government has consistently failed to get a number of vital infrastructure projects underway for our community.

These are projects which would go a long way in supporting local businesses, families, and in providing good, local jobs for our community.

Instead, it appears that they are engaging in a form of economic gerrymandering, by only providing funding for vital projects in Liberal and National electorates.

My electorate of Macarthur is one of the most rapidly growing electorates in Australia. However, we are being starved of the necessary support that would allow Macarthur to flourish. If the Government was serious about our economic recovery, they would finally take heed of my advice and support jobs in our community. The opportunities are endless.

In my column next week, I will discuss worthy projects the State and Federal Governments ought to be supporting.