FLYNN DECIDES: Meet the Flynn candidates in the lead up to the May 18 election.
FLYNN DECIDES: Meet the Flynn candidates in the lead up to the May 18 election. Inge Hansen

FLYNN DECIDES: Meet your candidates

ALONG with the rest of the country, residents in the Flynn electorate will be going to the polls in less than two weeks.

South Burnett towns in the Flynn electorate include Wondai, Tingoora, Mondure, Wilkesdale, Hivesville, Proston, Abbeywood, Boondooma, Brigooda and Durong South.

We contacted each of the candidates for Flynn in the lead up to the upcoming election to get their views on various relevant topics.

The four questions we asked each of the candidates are:

1) Why are you running for the seat?

2) Major focuses?

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

ZAC BEERS, LABOR

 

Zac Beers, Labor
Zac Beers, Labor Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I decided to put my hand up to run for Flynn because I was sick of seeing our region miss out time and time again when it came to infrastructure and services.

Local residents are feeling neglected and ignored by a Member of Parliament unwilling to do the work for their community.

2) Major focuses?

My number one priority for this region is delivering infrastructure and services.

I've always believed that everyone should be able to access quality health and education services, regardless of where they live.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

I've spent a lot of time in the South Burnett talking to locals, and the message I've heard is simple. People want to see better health and education services.

It's also clear that this region is doing it tough when it comes to unemployment. It's why Labor has a plan to help get more people into decent, secure well-paid jobs.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

Unfortunately, I'm the only candidate in Flynn with a plan to deliver a better go for our local schools and hospitals. These issues are too important not to get right.

JAIBEN BAKER, THE GREENS

 

Jaiben Baker, The Greens
Jaiben Baker, The Greens Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I'm sick and tired of the major parties and their lies, false promises and self-serving interests. I'm running for this seat to show people there is a positive, forward-looking alternative to the major parties. 

2) Major focuses?

The biggest issues for our region are jobs, services and the environment.

We need real, clean energy jobs that are sustainable and won't pollute our air or expose our workers to black lung disease. 

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

I am campaigning for greater public investment in training and infrastructure to create new jobs for our region and give our workforce the skills they need to compete in the changing economy.

I am also fighting for better services for our region such as dental care and mental health into Medicare, proper funding of schools, free Tafe and university.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

I want our local representative to be someone who is honest and transparent and who will put the people of our community ahead of profits. 

We need someone who refuses to take the corporate donations which are corrupting our political system. 

KEN O'DOWD, LNP

 

Ken O'Dowd, LNP
Ken O'Dowd, LNP Murray Ware

1) Why are you running for the seat?

Flynn needs someone with real life experience who stands up, speaks out and fights for the electorate in Canberra. Unlike Labor, I strongly support our agriculture, mining and small business sectors and the jobs they support.

2) Major focuses?

Jobs, cost of living, support for our agricultural and coal industries, better land and water infrastructure and lower taxes for businesses and individuals.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Job security, cost of living, better infrastructure and for farmers, the demonisation of coal, water security and protecting our environment.

Businesses need the confidence to grow and create jobs, and farmers reliable and affordable water supplies.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

I can only endorse myself as the Liberal Nationals candidate, along with our Senate team.

MURRAY PETERSON, INDEPENDENT

 

Independent candidate for Flynn Murray Peterson.
Independent candidate for Flynn Murray Peterson. Tegan Annett

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I am concerned about our increasing loss of freedom of speech.

Political correctness is another term for in-correctness or suppressing people and it has been replacing our traditional Christian and family values that are much fairer.

2) Major focuses?

Christian and Family values re-established.

In the short term maintaining our existing coal fired power stations will provide affordable, reliable power.

Keeping in mind that substantial emissions are produced to make the materials to build a power station.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Governments, remote from our region making decisions that are not in our interest.

They are often ignorant, ill informed or often indifferent.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

A difficult question.

Like myself, Duncan Scott is independent of party control and independents are free to represent the electorate of Flynn.

Ken O'Dowd or Sharon Lohse appear to be the next best choice.

Unfortunately, no matter how well intended Zac Beers is, he is so tightly chained to the Labor Party he is very unlikely to be able to represent people in Flynn.

SHARON LOHSE, PAUNLINE HANSON'S ONE NATION

 

Sharon Lohse, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party.
Sharon Lohse, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party. Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

Government has become the enemy of regional Australia.

Blind obedience to international globalising agreements is destroying our prosperity.

2) Major focuses?

Pensions need to be increased. We must always provide for our most vulnerable citizens first. 

To pay for the pensions increase and to ensure the prosperity needed to continue it I will also be striving to ...

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Excessive regulation of agriculture. Ageing thermal power generation plant. Regional blackouts are coming. Threats to our coal extraction industry from UN instigated ideology. Biased media that is not fairly presenting genuine local economic concerns.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

A person who recognises the real issues, actually can articulate plans, and has the determination to drive changes beneficial to Flynn.

This would not appear to include most of the candidate list.

DUNCAN SCOTT, INDEPENDENT

 

Independent candidate Duncan Scott
Independent candidate Duncan Scott The Observer

1) Why are you running for the seat?

Just to be in a position to give you an option of an independent candidate this federal election, I had to resign from my permanent government job, raise $2000 and seek 100 signatures.

2) Major focuses?

I am a worker who gets his hands dirty every day, with no intention of dying a rich, fat man.

With this in mind, if a candidate gains more than 4 per cent primary vote, they are eligible for funding of $2.75 per vote.

I promise, if I gain 4 per cent primary votes or more, I will donate this money to the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

I think that the biggest threat to most industries is big business automating everything to reduce the wages bill.

Maybe the plucky farmer who goes out to feed their cattle in the floods and droughts when things are tough, is the best bet to stand next to you when your income is under threat.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

After talking to Murray Peterson, I think he is also an individual who cares for individuals.

MARCUS HIESLER, FRASER ANNING'S CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL PARTY

 

Marcus Hiesler, Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party
Marcus Hiesler, Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

For years I have been watching the other parties make promises and not deliver.

When Senator Anning declared his party and policies I knew that I had a good leader to follow and to work with.

2) Major focuses?

My major focus for the Flynn electorate would have to be infrastructure, employment and health.

Our regional areas need more help, its time to give back to the local area and its people.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

We need to build a strong base in the region that will entice our younger generations to stay and not head to the major cities.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

I believe the best option for Flynn would be for the voters to really check the policies of all parties and vote for change.

Nathan Harris from the United Australia Party was contacted but did not provide a response.

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