Dear Mr Pollie, Federal, State and local as well. The mountain men who graze their cattle on the Victorian high country mounted a very good and a very emotional campaign against the outlawing of mountain cattle grazing. It failed because it went totally against common sense.
Not so the sale of the Snowy Hydro. Let me make it clear to you Mr Pollie at this early point. There are no votes in selling the Snowy, but there may be some in the warcry, 'Save the Snowy for Oz'. The opposers to the sale have all the emotional arguments on their side and they have common sense on their side.
Premier Iemma of Sincity and it's environs may want a nice fat warchest to fund his pointless re-election campaign, but in spite of their 65% share, it is a very national thing. It even combines long long time Australians with newer Australians.
You force this through Mr Pollie, don't expect any respect in the future. You will not be remembered well.