ONE of the region’s politicians is seething about an automated telephone survey that is pitting him against two others for the federal seat of Parkes – without permission.
The survey is asking residents in the electorate who they would vote for between Parkes federal MP Mark Coulton, Dubbo state MP Troy Grant and Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey.
However, none of them know who is conducting the survey or who authorised it.
Representatives from the Nationals federal office in Canberra also said they were aware of the survey but did not know who was running it.
Cr Chaffey said he was “furious” to be included in the survey as an option.
“To be honest I am not very happy my name is being used without my permission,” Cr Chaffey said.
“I did not give anyone any permission to use my name in way, shape or form.”
The Gunnedah mayor said he had no intentions of competing for the leadership of the Parkes electorate.
“I actually find it quite offensive for my name to be attached to something like this,” he said.
“I support Mark Coulton 100 per cent and I have no intentions of competing with him for pre-selection for the seat of Parkes.
“Mark has done so much for the Gunnedah community and I have to say I am a big fan of his and wish him all the best.”
Cr Chaffey said he had informed the Canberra office.
“I have notified the Nationals Party but they assured me they don’t know where the survey is coming from.
“To be honest it’s all a bit surprising and I really couldn’t tell you where it is coming from.”
A spokesperson for Troy Grant said Mr Grant was “not interested in federal politics”.
“Troy announced earlier this year that he would soon be stepping away from politics altogether,” the spokesperson said.
“He is very much looking forward to spending more time with his family and enjoying the next chapter of his life.”
Mark Coulton said he has has nominated and is not aware if anyone else is seeking preselection.