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FEDERAL ELECTION - Australia votes 2013
McMillan candidates declare THIRTEEN candidates have declared their intention to contest the seat of McMillan at the
September 7 election. The seat is now held by Liberal Russell Broadbent by a margin of just
4.2 per cent and has swung between Liberal and Labor over the years. The expanding urban centre of Pak-
enham has introduced a new wave of voters into the electorate, which spreads as far as Wonthaggi and Welshpool.
Some candidates to share their policies and opinions with readers this week. Full list on page 6.
Anthony Naus, Dr Malcolm McKelvie, Greens Russell Broadbent, Australian Labor Party Liberal Dr McKelvie wants tax has had minimal impact ENSURING his chilp dren inherit a safe climate drives Dr McKelvie to contest the election.
Vying for the third time, he believes the Greens’ policies best protect Australians against climate change. “I’m sick of the message that you get from the Liberals and Labor that the economy is the big important thing. The economy is just a tool that should be working for people, not the other way round,” he said. Coal seam gas is the biggest issue facing the electorate this campaign, Dr McKelvie believes, and claimed the Greens are the only party against the introduction of CSG in the region.
more public transport in South Gippsland, with a more flexible timetable and better links between the region and the Latrobe Valley. He even backs the return of a rail service to South Gippsland and will advocate for roads funding. The Greens will abolish the health insurance rebate and allocate the savings to public health services to reduce surgery waiting times and improved mental health care in McMillan through enhancing the central psychiatric facility at Traralgon’s Latrobe Regional Hospital. Cutting fossil fuel subsidies will result in $66 million entering McMillan a year, Dr McKelvie said. He believes the carbon
on living costs and believes asylum seekers should be assessed faster by placing more immigration staff in Indonesia. Dr McKelvie moved to Gippsland in 1995 and has lived at Moe and now Yarragon, where he is a GP at the Yarragon Medical Centre.
• Malcolm McKelvie.
Leigh Gatt, Independent LEIGH Gatt believes it’s time someone stood up for the people of McMillan and he’s the man to do it. The 30 year old sign writer from Moe is standing as an independent.
He did so at the 2010 election, lamenting, “Even the invalid votes beat me last time.” This election he’s planning to get out more to make himself better known. He said he’s decided to
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nominate because a few issues are upsetting him. One is the high cost of water, gas and electricity. Legalised robbery he calls it and he thinks something should be done so we can all afford to stay warm. Unemployment is another issue that needs tackling, with tax incentives or subsidies to encourage business to provide ongoing work. He would like to see a review of where government money is spent, believing too much is being wasted and we aren’t all being treated equally. Leigh is really upset about the asylum seeker issue. His view is Australia should deal with its own unemployment and homelessness crises (his words) before welcoming refugees to our midst. He suggests anyone arriving by boat should be flown home and the boats kept here so they can’t be re-used.
THE cost of living and roads funding are the top issues for sitting MP Russell Broadbent. He backs the Coalition’s plan to remove the carbon tax as a way of reducing cost of living pressures, and is hopeful the Senate would pass such a move. Mr Broadbent promised the Coalition Government would run the economy responsibly and plans to increase health insurance rebates for families once the budget allows. He pledged the Roads to Recovery and Blackspot funding programs to improve road conditions and accident hotspots would continue. The incumbent said health, including mental health, and respite care services need addressing in McMillan. This election will not so much be about what the Coalition can offer, but more
so about the performance of the Labor Government, he said. “We have proven to be better money managers and that has benefits to both health and education,” Mr Broadbent said. He has spoken in parliament about the plight of asylum seekers and the pressures facing small business. With Pakenham home to 20 per cent of McMillan voters, the result could depend on them.
• Russell Broadbent.
GIPPSLAND will make connections with Asia on the back of Labor’s National Broadband Network, which will connect 93 per cent of Australia, Mr Naus said. He said an optic fibre connection direct to homes rather than the node, as per the Coalition’s policy, was far more effective. Mr Naus spruiked the government’s review of the education system, saying Victorian secondary colleges would receive $12,000 per student and primary schools $9000 per child. Extra payments are possible based on such loadings as geographic location, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of disabilities. “Because of the loading to rural communities, McMillan schools will get more per child so that is a really big plus,” Mr Naus said. He said a Labor
Government would monitor any further cutting of TAFE funding by the Victorian Government and he pledged to advocate for more federal funding. Labor is yet to establish an opinion about coal seam gas mining in the electorate. The politics and sociology university student hails from Shady Creek near Warragul.
• Anthony Nause.
MP “outstanding”, claims Abbott By Jane Ross OPPOSITION leader Tony Abbott is a great admirer of Flinders incumbent Greg Hunt. At a recent press conference he said Mr Hunt has done “a really outstanding job” in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage. Mr Abbott then referred specifically to Mr Hunt’s advocacy of the dangers of the Federal Government’s pink batts scheme. Instigated to help shore up Australia’s economy when the global financial crisis hit,
the scheme resulted in a number of deaths and house fires. “The thing that has perhaps most impressed me about Greg is the way he anticipated the disasters of the pink batts program long before they’d happened. I want to say how proud I am of this work and how pleased I am to have him as a colleague,” Mr Abbott said. Mr Hunt has held Flinders since November 2001. He said this election “is a clear choice between more of the same from Labor and real change from the Coalition”. At a local level, he said the election is about protecting the environ-
ment, tackling cost of living pressures, supporting jobs and helping families and small businesses prosper. His electorate takes in Phillip Island and San Remo and he has pledged to protect the area from inappropriate development. He said he would work hard to re-establish hospital facilities on Phillip Island, plus an aquatic centre, as well as secure funds for Green Army environment projects in Bass Coast Shire. Mr Hunt supports the building of a new state secondary college at San Remo as well as secure natural gas for Phillip Island.
Secure: Greg Hunt holds the safe Liberal seat of Flinders.
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Published on Aug 20, 2013