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FEDERAL ELECTION - Australia votes 2013

their intentions David Amor, Katter’s Australian Party THE working family man said he knows what people want from the election. Mr Amor has worked all his life and has life experience he will bring to the table. “What I can do is bring some new initiative and new ideas and some passion for McMillan,” he said. “Nothing was given to me. I have had to work for everything that I have got and I know how everyone is feeling out there.” Mr Amor said the

• Dave Amor.

main issues for the electorate are public transport and roads, CSG and the farming community and manufacturing, small businesses and power costs. “Imagine a business in Australia and one in America owned by the same person and doing the same thing,” Mr Amor said. “In Australia their power bill is $52 million and in America it’s less than $26 million, so for industry and small businesses and individual households our biggest problem is power costs. “What the Katter party is all about is getting rid of free trade and everything that comes into Australia has a 10 per cent GST tax. We pay it so why shouldn’t everyone else get the same thing; it would then make the Australian product the same price. “This will also strengthen the economy.” Even though the Katter party is new, Mr Amor believed it could make a difference. “We want to make sure that what we say is what we can afford and what we can do,” he said.

Matt Sherry, Palmer United Party COAL seam gas will come to South Gippsland but more studies are needed to determine the potential risks, Mr Sherry said. “It will happen because the government does not listen at the moment but we have to stop the idea that everything is all money driven,” he said. Mr Sherry said a report by NSW chief scientist Mary O’Kane, which highlights concerns about its environmental and health effects and calls for further studies to be performed, must not be ignored.

• Matt Sherry.

“This report raises serious questions about human health, the effects on the environment and water in particular, landholders’ legal rights and industry regulation and compliance,” he said. “The wellbeing of communities where these projects are taking place is of paramount importance and they have a right to know about potential negative impacts.” The Palmer United Party has pledged $18 million to the Victorian health sector and will fund health services directly, bypassing the State Government. He promised more support for South Gippsland’s aging population with more infrastructure and services to suit their needs. “Pensioners will receive an extra $150 a fortnight. The price of everything is going up but the pension does not equate to the same interest rate. Pensioners can’t afford to keep paying their basic bills. They have worked for our country and have done their fair share and seemed to be pushed behind,” Mr Sherry said. The Port Franklin resident ran for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

Together: Peter and Angela Dorian are nominating in Gippsland and Flinders for the Rise Up Australia Party.

Rising up By Jane Ross HUSBAND and wife team Peter and Angela Dorian are standing for the Rise Up Australia Party in the federal seats of Flinders and Gippsland. Angela is the candidate for Flinders and Peter the RUAP representative for Gippsland. They say they are frustrated with the political situation and feel politicians are “so full of pretence it is very hard to vote for anyone”. Mr Dorian said his wife has no desire to be in politics. “But due to great fear for our country with the foolishness that we see coming from the

government we are forced into standing for Flinders where my wife’s family comes from and I am standing for Gippsland where we live.” He said they have chosen Rise Up Australia Party “as they have policies that match our concerns”. The main one is to keep Australia Australian. The Dorians are alarmed about the prospect of Islamic fundamentalist sharia law being introduced into Australia. “We are very proud of our country with its multi-ethnic origins but very concerned when people still live in the ignorance of believing that a multi-culture country is possible,” Mr Dorian said. RUAP’s policy on manufacturing is to place tariffs on imports.

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The Great Southern Star - August 20, 2013  

August 20 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

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