Your age and experience in politics?
I am 63. I have had 8 years and 6 months parliamentary political experience.
What is your heritage and citizenship status?
My father’s heritage is German although born in Australia in 1917. My mother heritage is Polish born in Australia but I don’t know her birth date.
Why are you running?
Although I was planning to go back to the Southern Highlands with my Son, Daughter-in- law and grandchildren, I have strong desire to honourably represent an electorate as a Parliamentarian not a Politician, hence my desire to offer myself to the people of New England.
What are the top three issues the electorate is facing?
These are not necessarily in order.
1. The Water Basin.
3. Youth Unemployment
Why should people vote for you?
I feel that people should vote for me because I can be trusted and my background proves that this is so. My wife and son are my number 1 priority and if I am faithful to my family then the electorate can believe that I will be faithful to them.
Our survey has found renewable energy to be a big concern in the region, what are policies around renewable energy?
Our policies on this matter have not been completely written, however, whatever we can do to bring our energy prices down must be seriously considered. It appears, however, that anytime someone finds a product that can actually help the community the government, whoever they are, never pass on the savings to the public. Some energy savers are a complete waste of time and finance, while others need to be definitely used and enhanced for our advantage.
How do you propose to bring more jobs to the electorate?
I don’t pretend to have the complete answer to this question, however, I will have to listen to the electorate through those in business and ask for advice from those that work in the employment sector. Visiting schools and finding out what s actually in the hearts of the students who are leaving will be a wonderful opportunity to find out exactly what needs to be presented to them.
What is your view of the NBN?
Although this is a ‘flawed’ plan from the Labor Party (and always was going to be) the Liberal Government has failed miserably in it’s presentation of this project. How we can be living in the 21 st century and a fair portion of our electorate cannot access the internet is very, very disappointing and frustrating.
Where do you stand on the balance between the region’s mining and agriculture industries?
I stand with the majority of the farming community on this matter. The water basin must be protected and the farming soil (which I have heard is the richest in Australia) must be protected.