Summerville takes to the polls
MERLE SUMMERVILLE believes abortion should be outlawed in all but extreme cases and that cannabis should be decriminalised.
So perhaps it’s not that surprising this self-described farmer’s wife from Sextonville can’t find a political party to suit her and has decided to stand in Page as an independent at next month’s election.
After a lifetime on the land, mostly spent supporting The Nationals, Mrs Summerville said it was the sight of a new hall at the school near her home, built under the Government’s controversial Building the Education Revolution stimulus package, that pushed her into public life.
“It looks like an over-sized outhouse,” she said.
Mrs Summerville said she was upset at what she saw as the waste of the Government’s stimulus spending. With the other parties failing to inspire, she decided she’d be better off in Parliament doing it herself.
And Mrs Summerville has a heavy reform agenda. She wants the states dissolved and replaced by bigger local governments, while the Commonwealth takes sole responsibility for funding things such as health and roads.
She wants cannabis decriminalised and treated as a health issue because, she reasons, it is hard to provide treatment for people hiding from the law and too easy for dealers to make big money selling an illegal substance.