At 21 years old and one of the election’s younger candidates, Declan Paton decided to not let age be a barrier to helping implement change within his community.
The Australian Conservatives candidate for Hammond, Mr Paton is an education support officer at Tyndale Christian School.
“I had the support of the Australian Conservatives’ leadership who believed that we need people of all ages and backgrounds in the parliament,” Mr Paton told the Stock Journal.
“Hammond has the problem that it is ignored by Labor and the people are treated as inferior simply because they don’t live in a metropolitan area,” he said.
“We also need to address the health needs of our community.”
Mr Paton wants investment into communities and its people’s livelihoods, and believes a Royalties for Regions policy is part of the solution.
This week he answered a couple of questions from the Stock Journal:
What do you see as the major issue affecting SA agriculture and how would you rectify this?
“Agriculture is an important industry in Hammond but unfortunately our farmers and graziers have not received the support they need under Labor. I believe there needs to be strong investment in this important sector. PIRSA’s budget needs to be increased. Money for research and development has been cut which means that there hasn’t been the necessary investment to grow the agricultural sector.”
What are your views on allowing mining on prime farming land in Hammond?
“We want to protect our agricultural industry and stop invasive open cut mining on our arable land.”
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