Ideological foundation best defence against government overreach: John Klose (Christian Democratic Party)
THE coming federal election is a critical one for Australia’s future, with major threats to our borders - be they physical, ideological, moral or financial.
Decisions regarding the issues of social order (marriage), financial responsibility, sovereignty of borders and productivity issues will impact future generations like none before.
At this point in Australia’s history we need to remember that Australia is a constitutional democracy.
The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 contains the ideological foundation of this country and is our best defence against government overreach.
Of all the political parties fielding candidates, only the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) fully acknowledges and embraces the spiritual underpinnings of our constitution and therefore Parliament’s opening prayers that highlight to whom we give respect and thanks, namely ‘Almighty God’.
Our Biblical heritage has been our key to peace, order and good government.
CDP candidates value that key because they believe that God’s ways work, bringing blessings that other nations envy.
The CDP candidate for Lyne, John Klose, will visit Port Macquarie on Sunday, August 25 at 2pm to meet with those who are concerned about the character of political leadership of this country and how to ensure it keeps faithful to our constitutional heritage.
John lives in the seaside village of Crescent Head on the northern boundary of the Lyne electorate where he and his wife Jan operate a small bike shop.
A man with a big voice: Craig Huth (One Nation)
CRAIG Huth was born in Bundaberg and worked in the sugar industry with his father for many years before entering the world of radio broadcasting.
He moved to the Manning Valley eight years ago to work with Radio 2RE and 107.3 Max FM.
Criag has been a nominated for Australian of the year twice and this year was presented with the Premier of NSW Community Service Award from Barry O’Farrell
“I love this area and the people who live in it,” Craig said.
“I speak to them every day on radio. I hear the concerns and look forward to putting them to our national leaders.”
As the candidate for One Nation in Lyne, Craig opposes further privatisation of assets, especially water and infrastructure; all attempts to increase the GST; tax on water; foreign ownership of land; and death duties.
He is calling for improved assistance for pensioners, carers and the disabled; a stronger stance against criminals and sentencing; abolition of the carbon tax and the Emissions Trading Scheme; and cessation of coal seam gas (CSG) exploration and mining.
Craig supports farmers, industry and revitalising manufacturing; non-political and unbiased scientific reporting on environmental issues; temporary protection visas; increasing the aged pension; paying all full time university and TAFE students Newstart Allowance; and the reduction of foreign aid until the Australian debt is paid.
“I have been to Gloucester many times and I really do love the place. I love playing golf there,” Craig said.
“I admire the fight of the local community as they battle CSG and fracking.
“I have supported this on radio many times .We can not make a mistake with this as we only have one water supply, which if damaged will affect many along the way.”
Jobs, roads and gas: Brian Buckley Clare (Katter's Australian Party)
JOBS, roads and coal seam gas are on the Katter’s Australian Party’s candidate for Lyne’s radar.
Brian Buckley Clare, a retired commercial accountant from Old Bar near Taree, joined Katter’s Australian Party in the firm belief of party founder Bob Katter’s vision.
Now Mr Buckley Clare is in election mode as he contests the seat of Lyne.
“Bob Katter does everything with a belief he only does it if it comes within his Christian principles and his core values,” he said.
Mr Buckley Clare said the party had good policies which aligned with his way of thinking, citing the party’s approach to unemployment.
Katter’s Australian Party aims to reduce unemployment by using the dole as a subsidy for employers.
“I think people would jump at it,” he said about the party’s idea.
“It’s a chance to get more income but to give them more training.
“Otherwise they are sitting back, doing nothing and going through the rigmarole of pretending to look for a job that’s not there.”
Meanwhile, Mr Buckley Clare wants federally funded retention walls built along the east coast beaches where there is significant sand dune erosion.
Lake Cathie and Old Bar are among the state’s coastal erosion hot spots.
He opposes coal seam gas ventures on prime agricultural land and environmentally sensitive land, and supports more rights for property owners.
Mr Buckley Clare has previously stood in council, state and federal elections, mostly as an independent.
As for his chances in this federal election, Mr Buckley Clare said he was not overly optimistic he would win but he thought he could give them “a good run for their money”.
Education important to regional Australia: Peter Alley (Labor)
CAMDEN Haven’s Peter Alley is the Country Labor candidate for Lyne.
Peter has been a member of the Labor Party for more than 20 years and was elected unopposed.
He has worked in the IT, banking and finance industries for 25 years and in more recent times has worked with schools and churches.
Peter is an IT consultant and is studying Law at Southern Cross University.
He lists education, the National Broadband Network and investment in regional Australia as his priorities if elected.
“Labor believes in education at all levels and in its importance to regional Australia and to Lyne,”he said.
“In the past six years under Labor, regional campuses of three universities have either opened or expanded in Port Macquarie and Taree, providing more opportunities for young people to stay in our regional communities.”
“The National Broadband Network provides a clear distinction between what Labor is delivering to Lyne and what the National Party want to deliver.
“Labor’s National Broadband Network is a fast, industrial strength network, built from the ground up and by delivering Fibre to the Premises, provides sufficient capacity for the rest of the century.”
Peter is Parish Councillor in the Camden Haven Anglican Church; a volunteer with the Camden Haven SES and president of the Hastings Morning Talkers Toastmasters Club.
Among his personal interests Peter lists rock climbing, caving and body surfing, in addition to spending time with family and friends.
No future in mining: Ian Oxenford (The Greens)
GREENS candidate Ian Oxenford is a semi-retired agricultural scientist, now a small-scale farmer, living at Kendall, his home for the past 13 years.
Ian has more than 30 years experience in all aspects of rural development (agriculture, forestry, rural roads, health and education) in the Asia-Pacific.
After moving to Kendall, Ian started a local farmers market and established an anti-CSG (coal seam gas) group in Camden Haven.
“I was born and raised at Lake Macquarie with a coal mine at the end of the street,” he said.
“I briefly worked in steel and mining industries, so I have first-hand experience of the destruction that heavy industry (CSG and coal mining) can create.”
Mr Oxenford said he was familiar with the Gloucester district.
“As a young man I regularly visited the Barrington and Gloucester areas camping, canoeing and gold fossicking so I know the area well.
“I attended the Gloucester Farmers Market on August 10 and received a most warm welcome with voters acknowledging that The Greens are the only party with an unblemished record on opposing CSG and expansion of coal mines.
“We also propose retraining for any workers displaced by these policies. Conversations with locals revealed that few miners are Gloucester residents, most driving in from Newcastle.”
Mr Oxenford said the Senate battle at the upcoming federal election would be crucial.
“If the people of Gloucester are to maintain their rural lifestyle it is essential that The Greens maintain the balance of power in the Senate,” he said.
“This would preserve the current federal water quality intervention which was created by the independents and Greens under the current government.
“If Tony Abbott has control of both houses, it is a fair bet this legislation will be removed and it will be open slather on CSG development.”
Mr Oxenford said a recent poll of voters in the Lyne electorate showed ‘cost of living’ was a leading issue.
“Food, housing and energy elements are all addressed by Greens policies. Energy efficiency and low cost modular housing form part of these solutions,” he said.
“We have policies on reducing supermarket power to ensure better prices for both farmers and shoppers and help small business through company tax reduction and improved depreciation rules.”
Realising potential: David Gillespie (The Nationals)
NATIONALS candidate David Gillespie has lived on the Mid North Coast for more than 20 years.
Together with his wife Charlotte, Dr Gillespie has raised a family and has enjoyed every moment of being a part of such a great community.
“I’ve decided to put my hand up as The Nationals candidate for Lyne for this federal election because I want to see our region realise its full potential,” Mr Gillespie said.
“We need a new government, one that knows how to control its budget and that makes life easier for us, not harder.”
Mr Gillespie started campaigning more than a year ago for his tilt at Parliament.
“Over this time I’ve visited Gloucester many times,” he said.
“The issues that I’ve come across when I’m doorknocking here are similar to the rest of the Mid North Coast; people want their roads to be up to scratch, they want their borders secured, they want more local jobs and they want the cost of living to stop spiralling out of control.”
Mr Gillespie said the Liberals and Nationals had a clear plan to stop the waste, get the budget back under control, restore business confidence to protect local jobs and scrap the carbon tax.
“Additionally and importantly, residents here are concerned about mining activities,” he said.
“I want to assure the community that I don’t want to see harm come to our environment. We need to make sure our water and our prime agricultural land are protected.
“The Gloucester region is a beautiful area and it is important that we strike an appropriate balance to ensure that it is preserved for our future generations.”
Understanding the importance of community: Troy Wilkie (Palmer United Party)
A LIBERTARIAN, DIY renovator, freelance actor and small business owner, Palmer United Party candidate Troy Wilkie grew up in the coastal town of Port Macquarie.
Troy was raised to understand the importance of community.
He has previously been a member of the local surf life saving club, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and drama eisteddfods.
At the age of 12 he was cast in his first movie ‘Mates’, a local production.
After completing his HSC at St Columba Anglican School he moved to Sydney to work on his first TV show ‘East West 101’.
Troy went on to play bit parts in various shows including ‘The Strip’, ‘Packed to the Rafters’, ‘Rescue Special Ops’ and ‘Crownies’ as well as studying performance at Trinity College in London.
Troy’s campaign motto is ‘Less Talk, More Action’ and believes the area has more to offer than just tourism.
“Leaders of the area have relied on natural beauty for too long, thinking tourism is all we have to offer,” he said.
“I believe Lyne is capable of playing a much greater part in the Australian economy, areas like agriculture and manufacturing, industries with real jobs.”
“Cost of living is a major policy area for Palmer United, who are not only pledging to end the carbon tax, but to undo its bad work, refunding the money back to each and every Australian it has hit.
“We also promise to halve income tax for second jobs.
Mr Wilkie said he and the party also had strong convictions of the coal seam gas industry.
“We can also expect to see a halt to coal seam gas should Palmer United win the election,” he said.
“A full investigation will be carried out during this moratorium to investigate how this activity, if allowed at all, is to be properly regulated.”
Real policies that work for the common good: Michael Gough (Citizens Electoral Council)
CITIZENS Electoral Council (CEC) candidate for Lyne Michael Gough is a family man, married with two boys.
He has lived and worked in Port Macquarie for 18 years as a lawn mowing contractor.
“I became interested in politics because I felt there was something wrong, not only with Australia but the world. This led me to the CEC,” Michael said.
“I found they have real policies that would work for the common good for all mankind. They put people before money.
“With the next global financial crisis nearing, rather than stealing people’s deposits ‘bail-in’ as is being pushed by the Bank for International Settlements and the G20, the CEC is calling for a Glass-Steagall banking separation to protect essential banking services from speculation; a government-owned national bank to invest in national development; and large scale public water, power and transportation infrastructure projects.”
Mr Gough said he was at best an infrequent visitor to the Gloucester district, but knew all country towns were suffering.
“Major federal issues facing the people of Gloucester are jobs, health care and infrastructure,” he said.
“A government-owned national bank can fund infrastructure for hospitals at low interest to quickly bring the hospital system up to where it should be.
“We must build the future through great infrastructure. Millions of productive jobs will be created through infrastructure construction alone and such projects will stimulate productive industries creating millions of more jobs.
“Great water projects will drought and flood proof Australia, making us a great food bowl of the world.”
Passion for environment and sustainability: Steve Attkins (Independent)
INDEPENDENT candidate for Lyne Steve Attkins has been the economic development manager for the Manning Valley for the past two years.
Steve has been a federal and State lobbyist for nearly a decade working for NSW and Queensland organisations - dealing with a range of projects and issues.
A passion for environmental and sustainability issues has resulted in many of the projects having a link to the ‘regional use’ of government funds for outcomes for agricultural and environmental interfaces.
He says he sees the issues of mining, health care and farmers rights as big ticket items for Gloucester residents leading into the election.
“I have grave fears for the reversal of the hard earned water trigger and bio-diversity bill legislation passed in the last parliament,” Steve said.
“I also feel current legislation before the NSW Parliament is of great concern to many landholders and basic ownership rights.
“I am certainly not anti-mining - just not where it will cause irreparable damage to our ‘whole’ region’s water supply through the Manning and Gloucester Rivers. Farmers’ rights to farm and earn should be respected and cherished.
“The issues of aged care and health care in Gloucester region are also not as good I believe they could be and I am aware of aged care issues facing the nursing home in town.”
Steve has been working with the University of New England and TAFE in his role as economic development manager to establish a joint facility regionally that would allow tertiary studies to be carried out in Taree.
He said the State’s massive infrastructure backlog was also a concern.
Steve has served on the advisory panel for Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority, the regional grants board for Regional Development Australia, the Manning Referral Hospital Health Community Advisory Board and on several tourism taskforce groups.
He was instrumental in lobbying for the Murray-Darling Basin and river flow outcomes for Adelaide, having worked closely with Senator Nick Xenophon to create better water flows.
He was also a member of the Wallis Lake Implementation Group that assisted in the remediation of the lake after the oyster scare in the late 1980s.
Steve lives at Wootton and owns Great Lakes Winery, a destination tourism facility which welcomes 10,000 visitors per year.
The property has won a regional environmental award for excellence in land management and has had nine environmental projects carried out.
Steve and partner Robyn have also won a regional award for best agricultural practice award.
The property runs beef cattle as well as a vineyard and cellar door operation.
Steve is a firm believer in small business and continues to support community projects and infrastructure to support the region’s sustained growth.
He has two daughters.