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PAGE 6 - “THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FEDERAL ELECTION - Australia votes 2013

Amor draws poll position By Brad Lester KATTER’S Australian Party candidate David Amor hopes to win up to four per cent of the vote by being placed first on the ballot paper for McMillan.

Listening to people: Katter’s Australian Party Senate candidate for Victoria, David Costabile (left) and McMillan candidate David Amor at the Austral Hotel, Korumburra on Sunday.

The Korumburra man drew poll position during last Friday’s ballot draw. On Sunday, he attracted a small but loyal gathering to his first meeting, at Korumburra’s Austral Hotel. “The public wants a change. They want someone to

stand up for them. As you can see by the 13 candidates that have put their hand up for McMillan, there are a lot of people not happy with what is going on federally,” Mr Amor said. He said he had been overwhelmed by people visiting his Korumburra mechanical workshop to discuss federal matters. “It’s got to the stage where both the major parties are gray. There is nothing between them. People are looking for people to make a difference,” Mr Amor said. Party Senate candidate for Victoria, David Costabile, accompanied Mr Amor on

Sunday. Mr Costabile criticised the importation of fresh produce at the expense of local growers. “We are importing potatoes from Belgium. Why? We grow the best potatoes at Thorpdale,” he said. If elected, Mr Costabile will call for a longer moratorium on

coal seam gas development in Victoria to further consider the implications on the environment and agriculture. Mr Amor was unsure whether party leader Bob Katter would visit McMillan but the pair met at a function at the Melbourne suburb of Gladstone Park last week.

Big field to contest McMillan THE highest number of candidates in at least a decade will contest the federal electorate of McMillan on September 7. Thirteen candidates had nominated by the close of nominations and ballot draw last week. Just five candidates contested McMillan in the 2010 election. Korumburra’s David Amor, representing Katter’s Australian Party, will appear first on the House of Representatives ballot paper. Candidates and their parties will then appear in the order of: • Gary Patton, Senator Online; • Benjamin Staggard, Sex Party; • Malcolm McKelvie, The Greens; • John Parker, Independent; • Andrew Kis-Rigo, Democratic Labour Party; • Matthew Sherry, Palmer United Party; • Norman Baker, Rise Up Australia Party; • Russell Broadbent, Liberal; • Anthony Naus, Australian Labor Party; • Leigh Gatt, Independent; • Ross Fisher, Country Alliance; and • Luke Conlon, Family First. The seat of Flinders, which covers the eastern shores of Western Port Bay, will be contested by 10 people. Linda Clark of the Palmer United Party drew first position, followed by: • Paul Madigan, Independent; • John Zabaneh, Non-Custodial Parents Party; • Angela Dorian, Rise Up Party; • Ashleigh Belsar, Australian Christians; • Denis McCormack, Independent; • Joshua Sinclair, Australian Labor Party; • David Clark, Family First Party; • Greg Hunt, Liberal; and • Martin Rush, The Greens.

No room for personal attacks By Ellen McIntosh, work experience AS A YEAR 10 student at Wonthaggi Secondary College, I don’t understand a lot about politics and the election. From what I’ve seen from television and in newspapers, it seems like a whole lot of trouble to go through just to decide who gets to boss everyone else around. From a 15 year olds perspective, politics means big long speeches and yelling matches across crowded rooms. It’s all about money and budgets and blaming one another. It seems so complicated, how do people understand it all? The ads on television are politically oriented also; some of the advertisements are purely bagging out the opposition and making them out to be the worst people in the world, which is not a pleasant tactic in my opinion. Although I’m sure many decisions regarding student education and wellbeing will be made after the election, not many teens will know what will be in store for them. The policies or laws that may be put in place by the Prime Minister might not affect some people as much as others, but I believe we as the younger generation should have a better knowledge of the world around us and our political leaders. I sent out a post on Facebook asking my friends and classmates what their views on the election were and collected about the same response from everyone. A high percentage of people said neither Tony Abbott nor Kevin Rudd is fitting to lead our county. Maddison Sirianni says, “It’s ridiculous. I don’t think either of them should be prime minister. I’d rather someone new come into the equation and become the prime minister!” Generally, unless they have a mature mind or are really interested in politics, I don’t think anyone my age knows much about the election at all. With so much else going on in a teenager’s life such as school work, relationships, friendships and family issues, they don’t really have much time to get involved with politicians or their policies.

The Great Southern Star - August 20, 2013  

August 20 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.