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Butler hits back at ‘sour grapes’

Independent Member for Barwon, Roy Butler. Photo TWH

Tricia Duffield

Independent Member for Barwon, Roy Butler, has rejected accusations he is the ‘Labor member for Barwon’, made last week by NSW Nationals leader and member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders.

Mr Saunders was critical of Mr Butler’s perceived ambitions and said there was more to being an Independent MP than being selected to head committees, a reference to the appointment of Mr Butler to head a new committee examining government service delivery in the bush.

Mr Butler was unconcerned about the claim, saying his track record advocating for people in the Barwon electorate ‘spoke for itself.’

Mr Saunders said under the Labor government, a raft of funding programs was likely to be scrapped, including the Active Kids vouchers, travel concessions for university students and trainees, and the Regional Growth Fund. He warned that the billions of dollars secured for the bush under the Coalition government were now at risk.

Mr Butler has refuted the claims but wouldn’t be drawn into a dispute, which he dismissed as ‘sour grapes’.

“If that’s the best someone’s got, that’s pretty good for me,” he said.

“As far as being the Labor member’ – I will work for anyone and have done since I was first elected to parliament in 2019. […]

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