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4 September 2020

 

Tim Quilty says border bubble map provides good template for a separate state

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has said the expansion of the border bubble zone could provide a template for a new separate state.

The NSW Government introduced an expanded area along the NSW-Victoria border early this morning which gives access to NSW to more residents, following massive backlash against the strict 2km bubble in place for several months.

“After weeks of stuffing around, they have brought us back to where we began,” Mr Quilty said.

“We’re pleased the bubble has been expanded, but excuse us if we’re not jumping for joy. Wangaratta is in, but still plenty of Northern Victorian towns have been shut out. It is still not good enough.

“What we need is to be able to make our own decisions entirely independently of metropolitan politicians and bureaucrats.”

Mr Quilty said the NSW Government’s map provides a good starting point for a new state.

“This map covers pretty much exactly what I have in mind for a new state – regional Victoria and regional NSW united as one,” Mr Quilty said.

“So many of our problems can be traced back to decisions made by pen pushers hundreds of kilometres away who have no comprehension of how we do things here.

“If the communities in this new map were joined together, we would all have a much better system of government and a much better quality of life.”

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