CALARE will have a senior voice at the table now its sitting member John Cobb is part of the government and tipped to be part of the cabinet.
But the would-be minister for agriculture admits the electorate is likely to see less of him.
“Without a doubt, particularly if you’re a senior minister you’re not in your electorate as much as somebody who isn’t, but I’ve had to do that as a shadow cabinet minister too and I think the electorate’s put up with that pretty well,” he said.
“When you are away I have the most magnificent staff ... they’ll tell me pretty quickly if there’s a problem.”
Mr Cobb said his re-election was a reflection of the Coalition’s solidarity.
“People want commonsense, measured, predictable things, not these crazy thought bubbles that we’ve had attached to the news cycle, not attached to the economic cycle of people and their country,” he said.
“It’s not just me, it’s the fact the Coalition has been predictable, responsible, stuck on message and the government hasn’t.
“Not one person in shadow cabinet has changed in the last three years, 10, 11 or 12 of [Labor’s] have.”
He said he was very aware Calare’s jobs and economy were based on physical things namely the manufacturing, mining and agricultural industries.
“I call it the engine room of NSW because we are doers,” he said.
On Saturday night he was predicting his swing to be close to 5 per cent after postal votes, which he said was significant despite being down on the 7.28 per cent swing he gained at the previous election.
“A swing in the order of 5 per cent is very big especially when you’re the opposition coming into government,” he said.
“When you had an independent [gaining votes in Calare] for a while and then Labor, the figures get very distorted so 7 per cent was a huge swing last time.
“But 5 per cent now is actually a bigger swing because it was me both times and there was no redistribution.”
Mr Cobb said the electorate wanted to be reassured their future was secure so they could start spending again.
“Until we as a new government convince the ordinary Australian that all being equal they will have a job next month ... they will continue to put the money under the pillow, against the house mortgage, or in the bank,” he said.
“Our job is to ensure people we can get the budget under control, get the economy under control, without people losing their jobs and do it in a way that once again makes people game to spend money.”
Mr Cobb was still unable to say if $4 million from the soon-to-be-scrapped Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) pledged to the Orange Regional Museum would be safe.
Parkes also has RDAF money pending.
“I would hope those things come good but I cannot guarantee it,” he said.
“Obviously these things have to be contracted.
“[But] I’ll certainly do my best to get to them what’s promised.”