Media release – Batman by-election shows parties should focus on core issues

Polling commissioned by forest industries ahead of the weekend’s Batman by-election showed core issues such as health and education, rather than another national park, was the deciding factor for the majority of voters.

Of Labor voters surveyed, most cared far more about the traditional anchor issues of health and education services than the proposal for a national park in Victoria’s Central Highlands – which would destroy the native timber industry and cost thousands of jobs across the state.

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