This is the text of a statement from Russell Savage, independent member for Mildura in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
Savage was elected as the independent member for Mildura in 1996. He defeated the sitting Liberal member, Craig Bildstein, in what is a traditionally National Party electorate.
Savage and the other independent members, Susan Davies and Craig Ingram, jointly announced their decision to support an ALP minority government led by Steve Bracks.
Statement from Russell Savage, independent member for Mildura.
It is with some regret that I record my position on whom I am prepared to support to govern Victoria for the next four years.
I find myself in an invidious position, damned if I do and damned if I don’t. I have reflected long and hard on the neglect and contempt shown to this electorate by the Coalition, and specifically the former Premier Jeff Kennett.
His three-and-a-half years of persistent criticisms of the Mildura electorate for electing an independent have been both unconstitutional and unwarranted.