Concern that other traditionally conservative political parties have “watered down their values” has driven Garry McMahon (pictured) to stand for the seat of Orange on behalf of the Conservative Party.
The Central Western Daily reports, Mr McMahon said, “We believe that we’re offering a real alternative here and we believe that we are the true conservatives in Australian politics.”
“I personally feel that a great deal of disappointment about what has been happening in Australian politics at a federal and state level and we believe that we can give it a good go. We have, I believe, more than 15 people standing for the upper house, I was the first candidate that was nominated for the lower house, as of Saturday we have eight candidates now standing across NSW, many in Sydney but there are a few country areas.”
The Orange resident and former businessman said the five key areas he would support are health and education, calling for more police resources, development of small business, working to keep energy, water and resource prices down, and giving young people more say.
“I believe the NSW government can have some more pressure applied to get more resourcing for police and more here,” Mr McMahon said.
“In December we went to level three water restrictions and I believe we have to look at how we are managing our water. I would be working with council and the water authority to see what the allocations are to water and how that could be improved,” He said young people also didn’t have enough say so he would put together a forum for people aged between 18 and 30 to give feedback about issues that are important to them, and he would also have a forum involving year 11 students from high schools across the electorate.
Although McMahon only presented himself as a candidate on Tuesday he said he had a chance when it came to defeating incumbent Orange MP and Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party member Phil Donato, Country Labor candidate Luke Sanger and Nationals candidate Kate Hazelton.
“Seven weeks is a short campaign but we believe we can do it,” he said.
“The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party, that party was elected in 2016 at the byelection and I understand really from talking to most people that they were elected as being a conservative alternative I would stand against that and say they are not a conservative alternative.”
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