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A snapshot of the Flynn candidates

FLYNN candidates answer ten questions and provide a glimpse of there political stances. 

The Flynn electorate has nine candidates for the 2013 Federal Election -of the nine candidates there were only six who were able to respond to ten question we sent them.

Independant Candidate for the Seat of Flynn Craig Tomsett. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
Independant Candidate for the Seat of Flynn Craig Tomsett. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric GLA160813CAND

 

1. What is one promise you will keep in elected?

Mr Ensby: Improve funding and services to Diggers and pensioners/retirees. 

Mr Scott : I will come to you in the way of mobile office. 

Mr O'Dowd: Scrap the Carbon Tax.

Mr Tomsett: To be Honest, act with Integrity and Transparency

Mr Love: I promise like Don Chipp to " keep the bastards honest"

Mr Trevor: Never break a promise

 

 

 

 

Craig Tomsett (pictured left) is running as an independent candidate. He is a 44 -year-old single father a who works in the hospitality industry.

       

 

 

 

2. Why do you want to be elected?

 

Mr Ensby: To get rid of policies and laws that lack common sense.

Mr Scott: To improve the quality of life of rural and regional Australians.

Mr O'Dowd: To continue the fight for a better deal for our region and ensure that all people have the opportunity and reward for their hard work that they deserve.

Mr Tomsett: I feel a responsibility towards my community to speak for those that do not have a voice, Too many times the individual gets lost in the process of big Business and Government, Everyone should have a voice. 

Mr Love: I'm sick and tired of the " duopoly " running our country into the ground, so the only way to stop the rot is   from the inside.   

Mr Trevor: I am a community politician not a career politician.  I am doing this for community.  

 

 

Steve Ensby (pictured above is the Palmer United Party candidate for Flynn, the 24 -year-old Mount Morgan resident has a polythene manufacturing business and registered cattle and land business.

Federal election candidate for the seat of Flynn, Steve Ensby, standing for the Palmer United Party.
Federal election candidate for the seat of Flynn, Steve Ensby, standing for the Palmer United Party. Luka Kauzlaric

 

3. What will you do to reduce the cost of living in your electorate?

Mr Ensby: Remove carbon associated taxes/schemes, reform the insurance industry, return a dedicated rural and regional bank.

Mr Scott: Keep the cost of living in the spotlight, reduce waste.

Mr O'Dowd: The first thing I can do to get the cost of living down is to get rid of the Carbon Tax, cut red tape and excessive regulation and put an end to government waste so we can pay down the debt, free up the economy and lower taxes.

Mr Tomsett: I will read and understand every piece of legislation that I vote on. I will lobby all levels of Government on behalf of my Electorate to maintain sustainable living standards for all.

Mr Love: 10% ethanol will be added to our fuel, this will not only create 60 000 jobs but will bring our petrol down to about 75 cents a litre.

Mr Trevor: Scrapping the carbon tax, boosting the child care rebate, keeping the school kids bonus, tax cuts and keeping  penalty rates and overtime.

 

4. What infrastructure most needs investment in your electorate?

Mr Ensby: Flood repairs and prevention.

Mr Scott: Water.

Mr O'Dowd: Roads and Health.

Mr Tomsett : Roads, Bike lanes, Calliope and Gracemere High Schools, Facilities for Children and Young Adults, Public Transport, Low cost Housing, Child Care and All Hospitals.

Mr Love: Thanks to the mismanagement of LNP and ALP all of our infrastructure need serious investment, we are the only party that can do this without hitting our residents with any new tariffs or taxes or putting our country into more debt.

Mr Trevor: Health, education, roads and sporting upgrades    

 

Chris Trevor (pictured below) is the Australian Labor Party candidate is a lawyer based in Gladstone he held the seat of Flynn from 2007 to 2010.

ALP candidate Chris Trevor announced a $3.4 million funding agreement for a new trade training centre in Gladstone.
ALP candidate Chris Trevor announced a $3.4 million funding agreement for a new trade training centre in Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

  5. Who is your personal hero?

Mr Ensby: John Laws (radio broadcaster). He delivers his arguments with authority but, is quickly prepared to admit if he is wrong!

Mr Scott: Nelson Mandella.

Mr O'Dowd: The late Fred Hollows, and I have a big admiration for our past and present service men and women and those that have laid down their lives in the service of our nation.

Mr Tomsett : Bruce and Denise Morcombe. Inspirational, determined, unrelenting and Humble.  

Mr Love: Winston Churchill.

Mr Trevor :My late Father the late Allan "Foo" Trevor. Son of a farmer. Locomotive driver. Union man.

 

INDEPENDENT: Duncan Scott. Photo Contributed
INDEPENDENT: Duncan Scott. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

  6. Describe your electorate

Mr Ensby: Diverse, covers the sea to bush!  

Mr Scott: Hard working people who are doing it tough.  

Mr O'Dowd: Flynn is by far the best electorate in Australia being rich in resources, Industry, Agriculture and Natural beauty and is a flat out great place to live!

Mr Tomsett : A community divided by great distance yet united in our love for our country, our children and our local communities.

Mr Love: My electorate is very diverse, it has many facets like farming ,mining, tourism and manufacturing.  

Mr Trevor: GREAT!

Duncan Scott (pictured above) is an independent candidate for Flynn this is his third election campaign. In 2007 the Farmer from Woman secured 1% of the vote but in 2010 with a swing of 2.8% he captured 3.8% of votes in the Flynn electorate.

 

7 . What is the most important issue for your electorate?

Mr Ensby: Right now, insurance. Those who can get appropriate cover are paying dearly for it and many others cannot even get cover. 

Mr Scott: Future volunteers. Mr O'Dowd: The increasing Cost of Living and Job security.

Mr Tomsett : That local communities are worried that their ability to have a sustainable future for themselves and their children is slipping away and their views are being ignored. They have a plan and no-one is listening

Mr Love: You can't just pick one issue as they are all inter twined, but my top three are, health, education and infrastructure.

Mr Trevor: A strong voice in Canberra.

 

 

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd. Tom Huntley

Ken O'Dowd (pictured above) is the current member for the seat of Flynn which he won in 2010 he has owned several businesses and was described as a local racing icon.

 

8. What are your views on climate change and transitioning to a low carbon society?

Mr Ensby:  Regardless of our beliefs on climate change I believe everyone wants a clean and healthy environment. 

Mr Scott: Need more data.

Mr O'Dowd : Climate change is a challenge that we all face and that's why I support reducing Australia's carbon emissions by 5 per cent by 2020. But we'll do it without a Carbon Tax through a policy of Direct Action.

Mr Tomsett : That local communities are worried that their ability to have a sustainable future for themselves and their children is slipping away and their views are being ignored. They have a plan and no-one is listening.

Mr Love: We will scrap the carbon tax and the emissions trading scheme, as only a fool would tax plant food.

Mr Trevor: Climate change is a serious issue that demands action. We have now put in place a market based ETS, consistent with action being taken by other major economies around the world.       

 

Richard Love (pictured below) is the Katter's Australian Party candidate, he emigrated from Scotland in 1989 and is a sugarcane farmer in the Bucca region.

2013 Federal Election Candidate Richard Love of the Katter Australian Party. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
2013 Federal Election Candidate Richard Love of the Katter Australian Party. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

     9. What is your view on same sex marriage?

Mr Ensby: I will participate in a party conscience vote and am happy to run with that.

Mr Scott: Marriage is between a man and woman.

Mr O'Dowd: As per the decisive vote in the Parliament on this issue earlier in the year, I support retaining the current definition of marriage in the constitution.

Mr Tomsett : I believe in Human Rights First always. All members of our community have the right to equal treatment under the law. I support Marriage Equality. I also support the right for religious organisations not to conduct services.

Mr Love: We will hold a referendum to decide this issue once and for all, let the majority decide!

Mr Trevor: I support same sex marriage.

 

  10. How will you insure local businesses and rural towns prosper?

Mr Ensby: Through the encouragement of Government organisations being setup in rural areas as well support for private industry to do the same.

Mr Scott: Do it ourselves, like we always have done in the past.

Mr O'Dowd : By cutting excessive red-tape and regulation for small businesses, getting rid of the Carbon Tax, getting a better NBN and mobile services to our regional communities sooner and returning more resource royalties to our regions.  

Mr Tomsett : I will lobby for legislative change to require Industry to hire skilled local workers and train unskilled locals before employing F.I.F.O workers. I will Lobby for greater local control over Approvals and Permits.

Mr Love: Implement 10-15%  import duty to all imports, this will level the playing field for our own producers and manufacturers and bring  $40 billion into our rural areas.

Mr Trevor:Continue to deliver lifestyle and liveability infrastructure.

 

Kingsley Dickins is the Rise up Australian Party' candidate he live in Kingaroy which is not in the Flynn electorate. He has experience in the building industry and has spent many years working with children in Thailand with his wife.

Serena Thompson is the Greens candidate she lives in Gin Gin and works in the hospitality industry.

Renae Moldre is the Family First candidate for Flynn she runs a business with her husband that services the mining industry and has four children. She will have her fifth next year.


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