AUSTRALIA DECIDES: Residents turned out in Proston in the seat of Flynn to vote in the federal election.
AUSTRALIA DECIDES: Residents turned out in Proston in the seat of Flynn to vote in the federal election. Claudia Williams

SOUTH BURNETT DECIDES: What influenced voters in Proston

PROSTON residents have turned out to vote in the Flynn electorate in the federal election.

We were there to ask residents the issues that informed their decision at the polls.

 

Jim Hunt in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election.
Jim Hunt in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election. Claudia Williams

For Jim Hunt the biggest issue was the environment.

"You hear it all the time but the place needs to change because it has been very bad lately," he said.

"I am very, very concerned about climate change. I have no children but all the little kids coming up are going to have to inherit this world."

 

Pat Rea in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election.
Pat Rea in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election. Claudia Williams

Pat Rea decided on the need for more stability in the Australian government.

"The way it has been over the past eight years is you vote someone in and three moths later somebody has kicked them out," she said.

"We need to sort things out. It is ridiculous, all this backstabbing that has been going on."

 

John Steer in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election.
John Steer in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election. Claudia Williams

John Steer is concerned about the support for carers.

"People who are on the unemployment benefits out here and the ones that are carers," he said.

"They are getting left behind. You can't afford to live. It is a remote area and they expect you to go looking for work but how are you supposed to go looking for work when you haven't got the money to do it."

 

 

Narelle Acton in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election.
Narelle Acton in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election. Claudia Williams

Narelle Acton decided on the need for a stable government and improved health care.

"The most important thing to me is that there are to many leadership changes and consistencies between what they say and what they do," she said

"Also, the hospital situation. When you get to my age you have to think about health care."

 

Brian Garland in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election.
Brian Garland in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election. Claudia Williams

Brian Garland voted based on the challenges facing people in rural Australia.

"Rural problems, they don't look after the country," he said.

"We have got a vast area that runs from the other side of Gladstone down to here and the area is so big but we never see the politicians. No one ever comes to visit us, we are isolated."

 

Gloria Taylor in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election.
Gloria Taylor in Proston voting in the seat of Flynn in the 2019 federal election. Claudia Williams

The environment was the biggest issue for Gloria Taylor.

"We need to start doing something now before it is too late," she said.

"As well as the other issues of immigration and taxes but the main issue was the environment otherwise we won't have anything with the way it is going."

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