The Border Watch : March 5th 2014
6 CANDIDATES HAVE THEIR SAY mount Gambier community best served by an experienced leader Jim maheR LABOR I WOulD not be standing for election if I did not believe that Mount Gambier would be best served by me as a representative of the australian labor Party, so the answer is obvious. the community is best served not by political affiliation or otherwise, but by the quality and credibility of its elected representative. I have been active in public life in Mount Gambier for many years and the community knows what I stand for and my full commitment to their interests. Part of being able to do this comes from my long-term and respected membership of the labor Party. ‘Watchdog’ party offers the best of both worlds PeTeR heaVen FOrGIVE me if I answer the question in a different way, but I am in the unique position of being able to say “both”. Family First is an independent watchdog party that stands up for families and communities and has a proud record of standing up for regional communities. If Mount Gambier voters were to honour me with the privilege of representing them in the lower House, they would get fearless independent representation for their seat. What is more, I will be able to further build on the backing I have from Dennis Hood and robert Brokenshire MlC in the upper House. Family First has demonstrated this support with our fight against the privatisation of the forests, on getting the PatS health subsidy improved, not slashed, and exposing nationally the unjust MrI machine allocations which saw Mount Gambier miss out. With myself in the lower House and our Family First team in the upper House, Family First can push issues, bills and motions for the South East region all the way through the parliament. Family First offers a new opportunity to Mount Gambier that presents the best of both worlds - party support and independent representation. and the community knows I do not claim credit where I have not earned it. the independent candidate Don Pegler has been a community leader in local government and in his farming profession. He has built a strong reputation in Parliament for fighting for the electorate (as with the PatS scheme), and is widely respected for his achievements. the liberal candidate may have the support of his recently adopted party, but not a demonstrated long-term commitment to, or experience, in public life. Without that commitment and experience, he will be severely limited in his service to our community. Inside access benefits electorate TRoy bell LIBERAL FAMILY FIRST MOuNt Gambier will always be best served by a hard working local member who is prepared to listen to the views of the electorate on all issues. an independent can only lobby government, they are not able to sit inside the government party room when all policy decisions are being made and budgets are being handed down. an independent does not have a real say in the decision making process, state-wide and even locally. We’ve seen the damage that independents can do at a federal level with lone political voice can be lost in state parliament crowd John baseley GREENS aNy independent candidate for Mount Gambier I’m sure would have the best intentions at heart, but unfortunately can go unheard in state parliament. When an issue arises locally, it may not even be heard, let alone voted upon, as we need two people to call for a vote for the sitting house - a bit like a “nominee” and a “seconder”. another issue that I feel is important is every person can be better drawing from those around them. you can share your thoughts and ideas, gain insight and gain experience. One added bonus would be that people around you can keep ideas in check when you are running in a direction that can be fraught with disappointment. the Gillard minority government and we cannot have a repeat of this at a state level if we want to solve the budget and economic problems facing the state. Four year term shows independent representative can best serve city Don PeGleR INDEPENDENT Naturally I believe that Mount Gambier is best served with an independent representative. Mount Gambier has received a great deal of funding over the past four years from the present labor Government. We have also had a lot of promises and attention from the liberal Party and a record number of visits from their shadow ministers. None of this would have happened if we did not have an independent who champions the cause for Mount Gambier. We are the envy of the many safe liberal and labor held 6 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 seats throughout the state who receive little attention because the parties know that the people in those seats will always vote for them. One of the great advantages that independents have is that they can make their own decision on how they vote on issues that come before parliament. In my four years in parliament I have never seen a liberal or labor member cross the floor and vote with the other side. I have found it easy to work with the ministers of the day and will continue to work with whoever is in power to better the cause for the people of Mount Gambier and the state as a whole. Having the resources of a political party to assist you in matters that need to be done, but are time consuming, would be invaluable in allocating more of your own time to focus on issues for Mount Gambier that need to be addressed and have full party support. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au In the second instalment of a special The Border Watch feature in the lead-up to the state election on March 15, we allow all five candidates to address readers on a particular topic. Keep reading over the next fortnight as the candidates answer a question each day to allow voters to be informed before polling day. is mount Gambier best served by an independent parliamentarian or a representative of a political party?
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