Residents across the Southern Downs are set to make their voices heard this election.
Residents across the Southern Downs are set to make their voices heard this election. Bev Lacey

ELECTION: Southern Downs candidates have their final say

WEEKS of campaigning comes to a close, as residents across the region head to the polls to determine who will succeed Lawrence Springborg as the elected member of parliament for the Southern Downs.

For the final part of our question and answer series with candidates, we asked why voters in the Southern Downs region should vote for them.


Joel Richters:

The Southern Downs deserves better.

A Palaszczuk-Labor government is positioned and ready to accept the challenge of showing the Southern Downs what a local member whose part of the government is able to deliver.

We have strong policies for helping out rural areas, making sure education and health remain strong and doing all of this without laying extra burden on to average Queenslanders.

An LNP and One Nation coalition has already shown they're not capable of governing.

All they will end up with is cuts and chaos, and Labor stands ready to represent everybody in the Southern Downs.


James Lister:

Like Lawrence Springborg, I share your values.

A number 1 vote for James Lister and the LNP is a vote for continued honest representation.

It's a vote for cheaper electricity and rego, a vote to grow real local jobs and deliver better roads.

I support farmers and small business, building dams, tackling the ice problem, and strong law and order.

The LNP team and I can do this by managing the budget responsibly, and getting on with the job of delivering for everyone.

We don't need more hung parliaments and chaos.

We just need better government.


Josh Coyne

: I'm local and I've been a rural person with a rural background my whole life.

I've worked with farming and stock, own a property and know what it is like to be a wage earner.

I run a business and know what it is like to deal with the struggles faced to get it going.

We want to make electricity cheaper and more affordable, we have policies for Queensland to give them an economical boost, and we are committed to axing the cross-river railway, working more towards rural infrastructure projects.

We are putting Queenslanders first.


Rob Mackenzie:

I have four generations of rural background, and 40 years in the farming sector.

I have been elected for three terms as a councillor with the Goondiwindi Regional Council and I will bring a fair bit to the table, including lobbying both sides of the Queensland parliament, and three levels of government, for infrastructure funding and the best outcomes from the Southern Downs.


Antonia van Geuns:

We have the best energy policy, including a not-for-profit, state-wide, fully regulated option, which will cut down bills by up to $600 a year.

We also push solar energy, which is good for small businesses, and there are more jobs in sustainable energy than a coal mine.

We will put more profits back into the public purse for basic needs for all, by introducing a developer's tax and increasing mining royalties.

We will improve participatory democracy by banning political donations, as the ALP and LNP combined have received over $1m a year.

We will also introduce a citizen's jury and binding votes.


Jay Nauss:

I speak my mind and am not constrained by party politics. There are big issues in debt, coming to be by the government borrowing money to build projects, when we should have a government-owned bank like the Commonwealth Bank in the earlier 20th century.

The government should create its own sovereign money. Voting should be voluntary, as a few wouldn't have a clue of the system and only vote to not get a fine.

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