Wagga businessman Mark Jeffreson has been announced as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Riverina in the upcoming 2022 federal election.
Mr Jeffreson has lived in regional Australia all his life. Born in Holbrook, raised in Albury and having lived in Wagga Wagga for over three decades, he says he understands the challenges that the Riverina is facing.
With a background in financial services, Mr Jeffreson says he has seen a lack of planning by the Morrison Government affect the communities right across the Riverina for far too long.
“The chaos within the Liberal Nationals Government led by Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce has seen the Riverina let down by the Coalition Government on bushfire recovery, COVID-19, the vaccine roll-out, and on the lack of Rapid Antigen Test supply,” Mr Jeffreson said.
“For Scott Morrison, every problem is someone else’s fault. Every crisis is someone else’s responsibility. When he’s called out on his failures, he’ll say anything: ‘It’s not my job’, ‘It’s a matter for the states’, or ‘I don’t hold a hose’.”
Mr Jeffreson said he strongly believes that with hard work, a good education, strong community support, and secure employment, everyone can build the life they want for themselves and their children.
“Our region has been let down far too many times and has been taken for granted. We must send Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce a message,” he said.
“I will advocate and campaign to fix our aged care system, to have a world class health care system, and address climate change.”