One Nation launches Maitland campaign
A Raymond Terrace fitter machinist will try to snag a Lower House seat for the One Nation party in next month’s state election.
Neil Turner was unveiled as the party’s Maitland candidate at the Maitland Greyhound Track on Wednesday afternoon, saying that he chose to run outside of his home electorate due to the amount of time he spends in Maitland.
“It’s more of a manufacturing centre than Raymond Terrace, and I work in this area more [and] socialise more here,” he said.
He was joined by the party’s NSW figurehead Mark Latham, who said that One Nation was looking to capitalise on voter discontent with the major parties.
“Just because Labor had a victory last time around [2015 state seat of Maitland] doesn’t mean that anything is guaranteed,” Mr Latham said.
“People aren’t happy with the major parties and we’re offering a third party choice.
“They’re not getting the job done so if people have got a third party alternative there’s good reason to support us.”
It won’t be Mr Turner’s first tilt at the ballot box, having previously run for the party in the Federal seat of Riverina in 2001 and 2004, attracting 5.6 per cent and 4.2 per cent of the first preference respectively.
As well as campaigning on core One Nation policies such a lower electricity bills, Mr Turner said he would like to see land rates pegged at the current level with extra State and Federal investment in local councils, teachers appointed to schools on merit and a larger investment in local infrastructure.
“The whole of Maitland is a rabbit warren, [there are] new housing estates going up and we don’t have the arterial roads to feed them,” he said.
“I think we need that third force to influence the government in power to do the right thing by the people – roads, infrastructure and hospitals.
“Maitland needs a new hospital and we need roads to do that, and I can’t see it without a major push from us.”
He joins Liberal Sally Halliday, The Greens’ John Brown, Labor’s Jenny Aitchison and the Animal Justice Party’s Amy Johnson on the ballot.