Getting to know your candidates

NAME: Bill Lodwick
PARTY: Labor Party

Q1: In your opinion, why are you the best representative for Nicholls?
I am one of the most experienced. I have worked for and with Local, State and Federal governments at senior levels. I know how the systems work.
I have volunteered for local groups including management committees, sports clubs and charities. I know how important communities are.
Q2: What are the main issues facing the electorate right now?
The cost of living, medical care and housing require immediate attention.
We have had years of under-investment in secure employment, infrastructure, aged care and young people.
Q4: What is your opinion of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)?
The plan was supposed to balance the health of the rivers with the needs of the communities and the demands of producers.
The plan has been poorly managed for a very long time. The Authority needs to be more transparent. I support a complete review of the plan.
Q5: What is your vision for Nicholls?
Stronger communities with local opportunities to secure jobs and keep families closer.
Better health care with more home-grown health workers looking after the people and the communities they love.

NAME: Sam Birrell
PARTY: National Party

Q1. In your opinion, why are you the best representative for Nicholls?
I’m a community champion who has deep understanding of policy areas affecting our region including agriculture, water, and the economy. I’m part of a party with influence in parliament and that is 100 percent focused on regional Australia.
Q2: What are the main issues facing the electorate right now?
Cost of living, labour shortages, water, which is the main driver of our future economic growth,and the opportunities around new low-emission forms of energy.
Q3: What is your opinion of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)?
No more should be taken from the water available for irrigation in our region, especially not the 450gl added to the plan in 2012 by Labor. There must not be further water buybacks.
Q4: What is your vision for Nicholls?
To be a region with strong economic activity that provides well-paid careers for young people, showcases our world-class food production, educational facilities, and continues to lead on the positive benefits of multiculturalism and entrepreneurship.

NAME: Steve Brooks
PARTY: Liberal Party

Q1: In your opinion, why are you the best representative for Nicholls?
I am driven to fight for my community. I will use my background in agriculture, water and as a secondary school teacher to deliver for the electorate on the issues that really matter.
Q2: What are the main issues facing the electorate right now?
Families being supported with cost of living pressures, GP access, aged and childcare. Businesses getting the infrastructure they need to prosper. Our local environment and water security being defended.
Q3: What is your opinion of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)?
The next member for Nicholls must be an expert in water policy. The basin plan needs to adapt to ensure irrigator security is defended, and local environment is not damaged unnecessarily.
Q4: What is your vision for Nicholls?
I see a vibrant regional community where families are thriving, businesses and work opportunities are prospering, and young people have all the opportunities they deserve in front of them.
All candidates for Nicholls received the same four questions. Responses from One Nation’s Rikkie-Lee Tyrell, Australian Citizen’s Party’s Jeff Davy, and independent candidate, Rob Priestly, were published in last weeks Adviser, available online. No response was received from the Liberal Democrat’s Tim Laird, Green’s candidate Ian Christoe, or Australian Federation Party’s Eleanor Tabone.

NAME: Andrea Otto
PARTY: Fusion Party

Q1: In your opinion, why are you the best representative for Nicholls?
FUSION put Climate Emergency on the ballot paper, our Children’s future depends on how you vote in this election, a vote for me is a vote for a safe climate.
Q2: What are the main issues facing the electorate right now?
As the world’s wealthiest country, everyone should be able to put food on the table and have a safe, secure place to live and this isn’t the case right now.
Q3: What is your opinion of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)?
The MDBP is a failure, it’s failed the environment, our communities and our people. The commodification of water should never have occurred and our communities are paying dearly for it.
Q4: What is your vision for Nicholls?
A vibrant agricultural sector, with industry driven by renewable energy. An educational mecca, leading the way in scientific research & development, a place where no-one gets left behind.

NAME: Robert Peterson
PARTY: United Australia Party

Q1: In your opinion, why are you the best representative for Nicholls?
The UAP is the only Party addressing the $1 Trillion debt, bill of rights, the cost of living with home mortgage maximum of 3%and support, grow and lure workers to the region.
Q2: What are the main issues facing the electorate right now?
The electorate needs security for home mortgages, dramatic increase in services, health. aged care, education, roads and water security.
We will revive industry and jobs with a 20 percent tax concession.
Q3: What is your opinion of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)?
The coalition has failed with the MDBP. We will remove water trading from entities who don’t own irrigation land.
We will waterproof Australia with the Bradfield scheme linking with the northern basin.
Q4: What is your vision for Nicholls?
I wilI will dramatically increase the services, lure professionals and workers,provide security to farming and power prices and grow the regionwith new industries and manufacturing

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