Jonathan Crabtree joined the Conservative Party after he believed there was no longer a major party which genuinely expressed his conservative values.
The Esperance Express reports, Mr Crabtree, who spent some of his childhood in Esperance, said he did not believe he had a party he could trust at the last federal election in 2016.
“I don’t think the Liberal Party today is as conservative with spending,” he said.
“The Liberal Party is now divided on social issues as well, which has caused another bit of a wedge.”
The Conservatives are running on five ‘key principles’, which are limited government, personal responsibility, stronger families, free enterprise and a civil society.
“We think that politicians and public servants should have their pay frozen until we can get the budget balanced,” Mr Crabtree said.
“We support mothers and fathers and the traditional roles that they play in raising their children.”
“Obviously that’s not always possible in 100 per cent of cases because families break down and that’s very sad, but we believe ideally a mum and dad would be great to provide a nurturing environment for their kids.”
Mr Crabtree said this did not mean he or his party would try to reassess the issue of gay marriage following last year’s landslide win for the Yes campaign.
“I don’t propose and the party doesn’t propose to reassess that at all,” he said.
“I think democracy did win because the majority got the result that they wanted.”
Mr Crabtree said, “We need to make sure our people in rural areas are not getting second-rate infrastructure. With a lot of electorates being in the cities, there can sometimes be a tendency for governments looking to win seats to overlook certain areas.
“I think it’s really important that people in rural areas are taken care of and they're not neglected by the major parties.”
Mr Crabtree said a priority for him would be to ‘burst the Canberra bubble’.
“There’s a class of politicians that are in it for how much they can progress their own careers,” he said.
“As the Australian Conservatives, we don’t have to get 50.1 per cent of the vote, so we are looking to be a commonsense and sensible alternative on the senate cross bench.”
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