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9 March 2021

Tim Quilty starts 2021 Rexit campaign with forum at a Wodonga pub

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty is starting his 2021 Rexit campaign in Wodonga with a forum in a pub.

Mr Quilty will describe his vision for a new state and explain why it makes sense for regional communities in Victoria and NSW, during a forum at Elgin’s Hotel in Wodonga.

“For decades it has always been the same story – governments based in the city making critical decisions based on buying votes from the areas densely populated with voters, while regional communities miss out,” Mr Quilty said.

“Industries in the regions get squeezed out as the government panders to the city voters. Mining, timber, irrigation, even regional tourism using public lands, and the jobs and the prosperity that go with them. Regional communities pay the price.

“But over the past 12 months we’ve seen far more direct effects, with regional Victoria paying a much too heavy price during COVID lockdowns, restrictions and border closures.

“People have been made prisoners in their own homes, businesses have struggled to survive and some have collapsed, students have been unable to go to school, while border communities have had all that plus checkpoints and permits to deal with.

“There is a growing feeling that we’ve had enough, and I’ll be explaining how a regional exit, Rexit, will solve many of these problems.”

Mr Quilty chose a pub because he wanted to explain his ideas in an informal setting.

“Having a chat in a pub is a far more relaxed way of talking about any subject – while I’ll start by standing in front of the crowd to explain my idea, afterwards I’ll be moving around the pub with a beer in hand, and I’ll be happy to have a socially distanced discussion about why Rexit will work,” Mr Quilty said.

“I completely understand that to some, the idea of creating a new state might seem like a crazy or unachievable at first, but I want people to feel they can come up to me and challenge me to persuade them.

“I’m not here to tell them what to do, I’m here to make regional Australia a better place to live and work, which is what Rexit is all about.”

The Rexit forum will take place from 6pm to 8pm at Elgin’s Hotel in Elgin Boulevard, Wodonga.

All are welcome to attend and can register their interest at www.trybooking.com/BPDLS

Later this month, on March 24, Mr Quilty will visit Rutherglen on his Rexit tour.

For more information, contact Graham Springett | 0408 208819