Maranoa Independent candidate Charles Nason was encouraged by the local support he received.
Maranoa Independent candidate Charles Nason was encouraged by the local support he received.

Candidate backs rural winner

WITH the future of the government firmly in the hands of the independents, Maranoa’s own non-party affiliated is hoping rural Australia will be the winner.

Charles Nason said his initial prediction was that one or two independents could hold the power in the election and despite lamenting his personal loss in the electorate, he was glad to see his prediction turn into reality.

“It’s a great opportunity for rural Australia to get a voice,” Mr Nason told the Daily News.

However, he was unsure how the independents’ power would translate to this electorate.

“I’m disappointed that the opportunity has been lost here and I’m concerned things will just go on here the same as they always have done,” he said.

Mr Nason said the big question mark was over the number of deliberate informal votes which indicated a huge level of dissatisfaction with the candidates on offer.

The Roma-based grazier said he was pleased with his performance and received overwhelming public support.

“Any thought I had of pulling out half way was through was dismissed by the amount of support. I had a lot of good response,” he said.

Mr Nason was unsure of what the future will hold for him politically and said the burden of work for an independent candidate was huge.

As for Maranoa’s Green candidate, Grant Newson, the election may be all but over but he was adamant his work was only just beginning.

“The Greens overall did exceptionally well, for Maranoa five per cent is a record and we are extremely happy with that,” he said.

“However, we will continue campaigning around and hold Bruce Scott accountable for his promises.”

He said he would focus on coal seam gas developments and protecting local farm land.

“I’ll be keeping my finger on the pulse and continuing to spread the word,” he said.

 



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