The Nationals Federal leader David Littleproud has launched a national regional listening tour to listen and learn from regional voters, particularly those who left the party at this year’s election.
Mr Littleproud said the party had to be honest about the election result and he genuinely wanted to hear from regional locals, particularly female voters and those who felt disillusioned before the federal election.
“I am touring through Australia to hear from those who matter most – the voters with real issues, facing real challenges and needing real solutions,” Mr Littleproud said.
“I am keen to hear from as many people as possible about how we can help improve their lives and their communities.
“I am also determined to find practical solutions, not just for more affordable childcare centres but more importantly, the availability of childcare in our regional centres for our working mums and dads.
“We are the party that wants to help women and give them the support and services they need.
“I know that finding available childcare centres is a real challenge for regional families and I want to hear from those who need help the most.”
The Federal Nationals deputy leader Perin Davey and Mallee MP Anne Webster will join the regional listening tour, which starts with stops in Merbein, Mildura and the Mallee in Victoria from today.
“The Nationals want to ensure our future – our youth – has the opportunity to thrive.
“Those living in regional towns know what’s best for them – so we’re traveling directly to the locals, to listen, to learn, to appreciate their concerns and find solutions.”
Listening locations include Chaffey Aged Care and Generations Early Learning Centre, as well as a Regional Women’s breakfast, Mildura Base Hospital, Zoe Support, Mallee District Aboriginal Services and La Trobe University.
“Along the way we will stop at pubs, clubs and restaurants to meet everyday Australians.
“Bringing common sense to Canberra starts with meeting real people and seeing the challenges they face on the ground.”