Independent throws hat in ring for Callide

The electoral district of Callide has changed.
The electoral district of Callide has changed. Electoral Commission Queensland


AFTER becoming disillusioned with the major parties, Sandra Anderson is running as an independent for Callide.

Ms Anderson, who is a small business owner near Gin Gin, has been involved with the Liberal National Party before, but has never had a tilt at politics.

"It's become abundantly clear to me that major parties and party politics, in my opinion, are loaded with corruption, so that's why I'm standing as an independent," she said.

Ms Anderson is one of six people running for the seat, which has no incumbent, after former Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney retired.

Ms Anderson said a lot of people were sick to death of the current situation in politics. "I truly believe that I'm the best choice for this electorate," she said.

Power prices is something Ms Anderson identified as a key election issue.

"Callide has a number of issues, some are shared by the whole electorate and others are more specific," she said.

With Calliope and areas of the Boyne Valley now part of Callide, the electorate is big.

"One of the things I've enjoyed so far is just getting out and seeing the electorate," Ms Anderson said

 "It's been a real eye-opener for me."

The independent candidate said she expected to visit Calliope to meet people before the November 25 election.

Asked simply why people should vote for her, Ms Anderson said: "I think the main reason they should vote for me is they have a person to talk to, not a party."

"My feeling is that I'll be way more proactive about getting things done for the electorate, so they would have true representation," she said.

The LNP is favoured to win the seat with the bookies.

Ballot order

Jaiben Baker - Greens

Robbie Radel - Katter's Australian Party

Darren Blackwood - ALP

Colin Boyce - LNP

Sandra Anderson - independent

Sharon Lohse - Pauline Hanson's One Nation


AN INDEPENDENT candidate is running for Callide at the state election.

Sandra Anderson, who is from Gin Gin, is fifth on the ballot paper.

Ms Anderson is the only person from the six candidates who is not aligned with a political party.

Jaiben Baker is running for the Greens, Robbie Radel for Katter's Australian Party, Darren Blackwood for Labor, Colin Boyne for the LNP and Sharon Lohse for Pauline Hanson's One Nation are the five others running.

Former deputy premier Jeff Seeney was the member for Callide but he is not running after announcing his retirement from politics earlier this year.

Callide now includes Calliope and the Boyne Valley after a redistribution.

Ms Anderson has been contacted for comment.

Topics:  callide politics qld state election 2017 queensland state election 2017

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