MP attacks major parties in first speech

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New Wagga Wagga MP Joe McGirr says the rise of the so-called “country independents” in Australia is partly due to the fact the major parties are centralised bureaucracies run out of the cities.

Dr McGirr delivered his inaugural speech to parliament on Wednesday after he took the previously safe seat from the Liberals in a by-election triggered after the sitting MP was caught in a corruption scandal.

The local doctor had previously contested the seat in 2011 and obtained over 30 per cent of the primary vote then.

“I was prompted to stand again because I believe there is a need to change the way our communities are represented,” the independent MP told the state’s lower house.

“I genuinely believe I can improve the link between the community and government industry and infrastructure throughout the area.”

Dr McGirr suggested the rise of the so-called country independents was partly due to the main political parties becoming “bureaucracies centrally-run”.

“Professional and efficient, no doubt, but perhaps more concerned with power than service.

“Is this what ails rural Australia?”

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