JAMIE McIntyre said he was disappointed in the number of votes he received and would’ve done better if he’d been able to run his 21st Century Australia Party.
In the New England electorate he polled 5529 votes, behind Barnaby Joyce, Rob Taber and Stephen Hewitt.
Mr McIntyre said Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott had damaged the independent brand so much that electors did not want to vote for independents.
This is despite New England’s other independent candidate, Rob Taber, polling second to The Nationals candidate and now member for New England Barnaby Joyce.
“I was forced to run as an independent, which killed any chance we had then,” Mr McIntyre said. “People are no longer willing to support independents, after what happened last time.”
Mr McIntyre also claimed the existence of the 21st Century Australia Party played its part in ensuring Mr Windsor did not run in the federal election.
He said the party had a 10-year plan, so would run candidates again in the next federal election.
He said he would definitely run a candidate in Northern Tablelands at the next state election.
Mr McIntyre said he might run for a Senate seat.
He said, judging by the success of the Palmer United Party, there were many people who didn’t want to vote for the major parties, so were looking for a third option, which he said would be his party.